Asian lady beetles and soybean aphids
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Elevated soybean aphid numbers in western Van Buren County will mean high numbers of multi-colored Asian ladybeetles trying to get into area homes soon. Area farmers and crop scouts saw something this year that we have not seen in quite a few years in southwest Michigan. In late August and early September, soybean aphid numbers soared in portions of western Van Buren and northern Berrien counties. The infestation occurred late enough in the season that impact to soybean yields should have been minimal. That is good news for growers. When scouting fields in late August, we found several species feeding on soybean aphids, including green lacewings , minute pirate bugs , and most commonly, multi-colored Asian ladybeetles.
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Multicolored Asian lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis Pallas is also known as Asian lady beetle, Halloween lady beetle, and Japanese lady beetle. Larvae are blue to black with two orange stripes, and rows of small, spines on their bodies. Multicolored Asian lady beetles can be a nuisance when they occur in large numbers inside homes.