Pest Photo

Bruce Watt, University of Maine,

Multicolored Asian lady beetle

Harmonia axyridis

Multicolored Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis) is a beneficial insect. It is a native of Asia and was first detected in West Virginia in 1992.

Harmonia axyridis is a large coccinellid beetle originally native to eastern Asia, but which has been introduced to North America and Europe to control aphids and scale insects. It is now common, well known and spreading in those regions. It invades homes in October in preparation for hibernation.

For more information about this plant pest, see the CABI data sheet.