This article was published originally on 11/5/2008
Two insects with similar-sounding names are present in Iowa. Though they are nothing alike, the names sound nearly enough alike to cause confusion. Here are the two beetles.
Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle: This lady beetle is present all summer but is most noticeable in the fall when second generation adults migrate from trees, gardens and fields to reflective, vertical surfaces (such as the south side of the house)in preparation for winter hibernation. Please see our website for information on ladybug control in the fall of the year.
Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle. Photo by Marlin Rice
Japanese Beetle: This colorful member of the Junebug group is present from late June through August when it feeds on the foliage flowers and fruits of garden and landscape plants, especially roses, grapes and linden trees.
Japanese Beetle. Photo by Laura Jesse
IC-499(20) -- November 5, 2008