- Author: Mark Bolda
Just picking one of my strawberry trials this morning (yes, yes, I pick by myself, usually the nearest person is like a quarter of a mile away - it's pretty therapeutic actually) and I happened across this little guy wandering about on top of the bed plastic.
If you don't know, this is a ladybug larva, more specifically of the convergent ladybird beetle, Hippodamia convergens. According to the University of Cornell biological control website these mainly feed on aphids,but absent these (as is the case in strawberries, aphids are not that common) they'll feed on small insect larvae, insect eggs, mites (yes!) and at times plant nectar.
Nice to see you there my little friend.