The Sad Case of the Japanese Ladybug (Two Photographs)

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I sent these photographs to Bugguide.net for help with identifying the creature behind the Ladybug. The full exchange is here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/1171759

As you can see more than one entomologist commented. A predatory stink bug is attacking from the rear and a parasitic fly egg from the other end (the white bump by the head). As one of the entomologists noted that you have to feel sorry for the beetle under siege from both ends. Bugguide.net is the best place to go for answers about your insect photography, specifically taxonomy.

Predatory Stink Bug-2

6 responses

  1. I agree, bugguide is a great source for bug ID.
    Great capture on this strategic attack on the J-beetle. Need more of these heros 😃

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    January 19, 2016 at 6:47 am

  2. Victor, thank you for the reference.

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    January 19, 2016 at 12:25 pm

  3. Great shots!

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    January 19, 2016 at 5:46 pm

  4. Sorry, no sympathy for the J. beetle, they are rapacious scourges in the garden. Glad to see the balance of nature at work. As non-natives, I wasn’t sure that they had any natural enemies here to keep their numbers in check. I now have hope! 😉

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    January 19, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    • There are always two sides to any story😀 having seen their ravages in a garden I can sympathize.

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      January 19, 2016 at 6:07 pm

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