Unlike ladybugs that are comfortable in small groups, Asian Lady Beetles swarm in great numbers especially in a warm corner of your garden, such as the window panes. In the winter, the beetles gather in great numbers in homes to seek shelter from the cold. They leave a foul-smelling yellow liquid that wards off predators but is awful to have in your home. Furthermore, unlike ladybugs, Asian lady beetles bite and bite hard.
If you are cool with ladybugs and don’t mind having them around, make sure you can tell the differences between these two similar types of bugs. The Asian lady beetle could be considered the evil twin of the ladybug, and you need to know which is in your gardens. Knowing the difference between the two insects can improve your gardens’ conditions and your living environment.
How to Tell Ladybugs from Asian Lady Beetles
Here are some of the most notable differences between the beneficial ladybug and the harmful Asian lady beetle.
From a quick observation, you may think that there is hardly any difference between the two. But, after a closer inspection, you will find some very important differences in their appearance.
The first thing to notice will be the size. A garden variety ladybug is a bit smaller than the Asian Lady beetle.
The ladybug is typically a bright red color with dark black spots. The Asian lady beetle can also be red, but the beetle varies from orange to many other hues in between. Asian lady beetles may not always have black dots on their wing casings.
The ladybug is a dainty round-shaped fellow while the Asian lady beetle is a bit longer.