What on earth is this insect? Found on a day lily in Frederick County at dusk.

Asked June 9, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT

What on earth is this insect? Found on a day lily in Frederick County at dusk.

Frederick County Maryland insects

2 Responses

You have discovered a lady beetle larva. The lady beetle and it's larva are important predators that consume aphids and scale insects on trees, shrubs, and agricultural crops. During the spring and summer, the immature and adult lady beetles consume large numbers of plant-feeding pests, thereby reducing the need for pesticides. LW

Thank you!