Return of the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle
Lady beetles have once again hit southern Oklahoma. Yes, they look like your common ladybugs (coccinellids); but what you're actually seeing is the multicolored Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis), a nonnative cousin of the common ladybug.
For decades, the lady beetles have appeared in this region almost every fall. And for decades, people have thought Noble has had something to do with them. For the record, lady beetles are not (nor have they ever been) related to any of our research activities.
Our research is focused on providing solutions to great agricultural challenges. For those who may want more information on how these lady beetles got here or how to manage them, Oklahoma State University Extension offers some great advice in this fact sheet.