Re: yellow ladybugs/comfrey
Kimberly Stoner (email@example.com)
Thu, 26 Aug 1999 08:54:33 -0400
It is true that some lady beetles (or ladybugs or lady bird beetles or
coccinellids) are plant eaters. However, there are relatively few
herbivorous lady beetles in North America north of Mexico. Here in the
northeast, all we have are the Mexican bean beetle (feeding on bean leaves),
the squash beetle (feeding on squash and other cucurbit leaves and sometimes
on squash fruit), and one other beetle, Subcoccinella sp., which is newly
introduced and feeds on leaves of the wildflower/weed bouncing bet. I am
not sure that any of these occurs in British Columbia, where the person
lives who asked the question, and I wouldn't expect any of them to be likely
to feed on plums and berries.
From: Argall Family <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: sanet-mg <email@example.com>
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 1999 11:29 PM
Subject: RE: yellow ladybugs/comfrey
>Some ladybirds [as we call them down here] are carnivores, some herbivores.
>The beneficial ones are the carnivores, devourers of aphids, etc.
>There is one herbivorous ladybird here [called the 28 spot] which is a
>problem with its taste for potato leaf and more.
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