Ladybug detection guide

Ladybugs are, arguably, among the most aesthetically pleasing of all insects. Their circular carapaces, often with bright red, black and white markings, and their scuttling gait makes them a pleasure to behold. But ladybugs are much more important than as mere eye candy: They are probably the best organic method of controlling populations of aphids, which can, if left uncontrolled, devastate crops.

This article outlines how you can attract ladybugs to your garden, and a visual identification guide to the eight common species of ladybug in North America, so you will be able to spot these useful little critters on your site.