These are ladybugs. Fierce devourers of all things aphid.
This is also a ladybug.
It is in its nymph form, which differs so much from our classic beloved little red lady beetle that often a terrible tragedy is set into motion. Fearing that the strange creature might be something dangerous to a Homo sapiens or, even worse, to a precious Gardenus plantus, the gardener ignorantly but very intentionally murders it.
Have you ever imagined how many ladybugs could have, would have been? Think about all the uneaten aphids that gardener unleashed upon the world. Egads!
Now, these are also ladybugs.
They are younger than nymph stage.
This, on the other hand, is NOT a lady bug.
It is a Spotted Cucumber Beetle. You might know its larval form as the (eek) Southern Corn Rootworm. Doesn’t that just sound bad? It is. Feel free to pluck it. After it destroys your corn as a baby, as an adult it WILL suck your plants into raisins. And it will feast on the rotten bananas you leave out for your butterflies. Those bananas make a good lure, actually.
And these are…
Well… you know.
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