What is this bug?

Asked June 16, 2019, 8:50 PM EDT

Can you identify this bug? It was crawling around on my eggplant. Thank you!

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Lucky you. That's a young lady beetle. They destroy (eat) aphids and other small soft-bodied insects, many of them garden pests.

Lady beetles and their youngsters come in various colors. Here's some basic information about them: "Lady Beetles" https://biocontrol.entomology.cornell.edu/predators/ladybeetles.php