Spotless Ladybird Beetle on My Golden Delicious Apple Tree

My fruit trees attract a lot of visitors, but I am usually not home when they are, or have a camera to capture the moment that they are there.  I caught a lucky break this evening. I found a solitary spotless ladybird beetle (Cycloneda sanguinea) exploring my Golden Delicious apple tree.ladybug

In the past, I’ve seen another type of ladybird beetle in my backyard, the seven-spot ladybird beetle (Coccinella septempunctata). Both of these ladybird beetles eat aphids, so they are good and valuable garden friends!

It’s interesting to know the types of visitors in my backyard, if only to not dismiss them as some ordinary “bug” and to recognize the good work that they do!

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE:  Apple seeds are highly toxic if ingested. More information on toxic plants can be found here:

http://www.calpoison.org/hcp/KNOW%20YOUR%20PLANTS-plant%20list%20for%20CPCS%2009B.pdf

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