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Lady beetle larvae

Coccinellidae family

Aster leafhopper

Eric Burkness, University of Minnesota

Aster leafhopper

Louis Tedders, USDA Agricultural Research Service,

Size: 1/3 - 1/2 inch long

Description: Alligator shaped body that is blue to black with varying coloration from white dots to orange.

Where/When: Found in gardens, especially where aphids and other soft-bodied insects are present. The larvae are active in the late spring and summer.

Significance: An important predator of aphids. They are harmless to people and plants. More information on lady beetle larvae.

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