ladybug?

NewTXGardener (8a Dallas)August 1, 2014

I discovered some aphids and a lot of ants on my okra plants, then today I saw this little bug. It's not a ladybug, is it? It's not round like a ladybug, it's a look-a-like, but longer, and hot pink instead of red. What bug is this? Should I kill it or leave it alone next time I see it?

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donna_in_sask

It's a pink spotted lady beetle aka Coleomegilla maculata - a good insect to have in your garden.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 1:04AM
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NewTXGardener (8a Dallas)

Cool cool cool! Thank you!! :-)

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 1:42AM
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ceth_k(11)

this looks like a variety of cucumber beetle. Not good at all.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:33PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Ceth, look again. I think that if you compare the Pink Spotted ladybug with a spotted cucumber beetle, you'll see that there's very little similarity.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:40PM
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CaraRose

I'm pretty sure Donna is correct. It's not a species of lady beetle I'm familiar with, but the head and body don't look like cuke beetle, and it's matching the pink spotted lady beetle pictures I found while googling.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:41PM
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CaraRose

Found a nice photo of a cuke and lady beetle side by side

Here is a link that might be useful: Cuke Beetle Lady Beetle side by side

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:49PM
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