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Twice Stabbed Ladybug

Twice stabbed ladybug - This pretty, shiny black, round ladybug with two red or orange spots on the back is a great friend because it likes to eat destructive scale insects. Chilocorus stigma is a native resident of the United States and Canada but does not live west of the Sierra Nevada. The two-stabbed lady beetle, Chilocorus orbus, is found widespread in California. Females put their fertilized eggs in the carcasses of scale insects. These friends are usually found in trees. This is the ladybug that helps with crape myrtle bark aphids that attack stressed trees that are too deep in the ground.

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