6083 Good morning, I found these insects on my Italian plum tree on Vancouver Island. They attach to leaves and fruit by punchers on they back end and cause damage. They are about 4-5mm in length. Any ideas?
These are a pupa and larva of a lady beetle (Coleoptera:, Coccinellidae); likely the Asian multi-colored lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis. These are not damaging your plants, but feed on aphids and other small, soft-bodied insects – see https://tinyurl.com/3cc75vc for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.