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Have you ever noticed that some bugs look just like ladybugs? If not, don’t worry: you’re not alone. In fact, there are other insects that can sometimes be mistaken for the bright red and black ladybug species. The most obvious example is the convergent lady beetle (Hippodamia convergens), but there are also several other types of beetles that can very closely mimic this beauty. Here’s what to look out for:

Convergent lady beetle(Hippodamia convergens)

The convergent lady beetle is a type of ladybug, but it’s also called the convergent ladybird beetle. This insect is native to North America and attacks aphids and other soft-bodied insects. How Long Do Ladybugs Live

It’s important to identify these bugs because they can be harmful if you don’t know what they are!

Brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys)

The brown marmorated stink bug is a pest of fruit, vegetables and ornamentals. It was introduced to the United States in the 1990s and has become an invasive species.

The brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) is a native of Asia that was first discovered in Pennsylvania in 2002. It belongs to the family Pentatomidae, which includes many other agricultural pests such as:

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle (Harmonia axyridis)

The Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle (Harmonia axyridis) is a common pest in the United States. It’s often mistaken for a ladybug, but it has a different color pattern: red, orange and yellow instead of black spots.

This beetle can be found on many plants including fruit trees, corn stalks and soybeans. These bugs feed voraciously on aphids—a specific type of insect that feeds on other insects or plants—and are known to eat up to 75 per day! They also have been known to attack other types of pests like mealybugs or scale insects.

Spotted cucumber beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi)

The spotted cucumber beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi) is a native insect that is a major pest of cucurbits. Adult beetles are about 1/2 inch long, with 10 black spots on their backs. Their wings are dark brown or black and they have black antennae and legs.

The spotted cucumber beetle is often confused with wasps, flies, mosquitoes and moths because they all look similar in size, coloration and structure but differ in one important way: each has only one pair of wings while insects with two pairs can fly! This insect pupates in the soil where it forms an underground chamber called an earthen cell from which it emerges as an adult over several weeks later when conditions become favorable for emergence (see photo below).

Northern masked chafer (Cyclocephala borealis)

The Northern masked chafer is a beetle that looks like a ladybug, but it’s not.

It has black and yellow markings on its body, with the most distinct feature being two red stripes along its antennae (the sensory organs).

Be careful! There are many bugs that look just like the ladybug!

Be careful! There are many bugs that look just like the ladybug. The only way you can tell them apart is by looking at their antennae and body. If you see a bug with red spots, it may be a ladybug, but if it has black spots on its back and wings (like some fruit flies), then it is not a true bug at all!

Ladybugs are beneficial to humans because they eat aphids, which suck plant juices out of plants so they become dry and die off more quickly than other insects would have done. This helps prevent disease in both humans and pets who feed off of your garden’s produce! Ladybugs also help farmers grow healthier crops by eating aphids before they can infest the plants themselves—not only does this make farming easier for farmers who use pesticides regularly but also allows them to harvest more ripe fruit at any given time during their growing season due as well as having less pests than ever before.”


Remember, when you’re out gardening or doing yard work, it can be easy to accidentally step on a ladybug. Although there are hundreds of species of ladybugs in our area, the most common ones you’ll see are convergent lady beetles (Hippodamia convergens), which are black with orange spots and red antennae. There are also brown marmorated stink bugs (Halyomorpha halys), multicolored Asian lady beetles (Harmonia axyridis), spotted cucumber beetles (Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi), northern masked chafers (Cyclocephala borealis) and others. You can learn more about these insects here!


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