• Over 450 species in North America, the vast majority of which are predators as larvae and as adults.
• Although lady beetles are commonly called "ladybugs", they are actually a species of beetle.
• They feed on many garden pests including aphids, mites, and scale bugs.
• Adults feed on nectar and pollen as well as pests, making them beneficial for both protection and pollination.
• Some vendors will sell lady beetles for garden pest control, however be mindful these are generally not native and can be quite invasive. Instead, try to attract native lady beetles to your garden.
• If you would like to include some lady beetles favorites try cosmos, dill, goldenrod, or coriander, which are great for all pollinators.
Suggested Reading: Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden. Find this book on our resource page.