I mistakenly thought these little beetles were ladybugs, but upon researching found that they were not.
They do eat aphids and don't seem to bother my plants, but they are the not so much appreciated Asian Beetle.
Some people even squish these little guys they dislike them so much....
Like or dislike though, we've been intrigued by their reproduction cycle and all the amazing changes their bodies go through. We thought you might like to see it.... no worries.... it's rated G. And narrated by my little Miss Seven....
Asian Beetles ~ By Miss Seven
This is a larvae Asian Beetle. The mama beetle lays her eggs under a leaf. At first the larvae is small and black, then it gets bigger and starts to turn orange. They eat aphids. This one is on an eggplant leaf.
This is a pupa. The larvae sticks itself to the leaf and its outside gets hard. Inside it turns into a a false ladybug. They don't move when they're in this stage. When they're done changing some of the shell stays on the leaf, but it's empty. One time I found one like this. The grown up beetle comes out of the back part.
This is an adult false ladybug (Asian Beetle) . They sometimes eat ladybugs and they eat bad bugs and sometimes their own kind too. That makes them cannibals! But they don't hurt the plants in our garden. They stink when they get squished. I don't really squish them, I just let them crawl on me and then I flick them off.
(I asked her) How can you tell if it is a false ladybug or a ladybug?
Ladybugs always have seven dots and false beetles can have more or less than seven.
Ladybugs have a black head and false ladybugs have white and black heads.
Ladybugs are red and false ladybugs are orange.
And that's the story of false ladybugs.