Pest: Lady Beetle, Lady Bug (Cantharidae family)
Pest Type: Beneficial Insect, Predaceous Beetle
Major Identifying Features: Adults are long and narrow, 1/2 inch long with a red, orange or yellow head and abdomen and black, gray or brown soft wing covers, larvae are dark, elongate, and flattened
Life Cycle: Complete metamorphosis
Pest Rating: Beneficial!
Management Rating: Beneficial!
Host/Season/Outbreak Information: Larvae feed under bark or in soil or litter
Support Information/Common Prey: For adults: aphids, for larvae: eggs and larvae of soil-dwelling beetles, butterflies, moths and other insects
Management/Attraction Options: Provide bark, soil, and litter, commercially not available