Asian lady beetles are infamous for their convincing ladybug disguise. The common invasive pest looks just like beneficial ladybugs. The "disguise" is so convincing that you might mistake a lady beetle for a ladybug, even if you know what to look for!
If you really want to tell ladybugs and lady beetles apart, you have to get to know the telltale signs well. The differences can be subtle, but if you get to know them, no lady beetle will be able to fool you. If you think you know your stuff, test yourself with this "Spot the Difference" infographic. See if you can find all eight differences between the ladybug and lady beetle below. Check the bottom for the answers!
Were you able to find them all? If so, congratulations! You're ready to kick out Asian lady beetles and protect Ladybugs. If not, don't worry! Keep practicing, and remember: you don't need to be a bug expert. That's what we're here for.
If you're ever having trouble with lady beetles--or any other pest--give Plunkett's a call any time. We have the tools and know how to drive your pest problems away for good. Every time.