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Published on June 10, 2023

Polka-dotted Pest Protector

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Solano County Office of Education

Have you seen one of these polka-dotted pest protectors lately? The convergent lady beetle is a beneficial insect in Solano County and Northern California. It is a small beetle with a rounded body and a distinct pattern of black spots on its red or orange wings. As voracious predators, they primarily feed on soft-bodied insects such as aphids, mites, and scale insects, making them valuable natural pest controllers. The convergent lady beetle's presence in the ecosystem helps to regulate pest populations and maintain ecological balance.