Lady beetle larvae
Eric Burkness, University of Minnesota
Louis Tedders, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org
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.