Everybody knows what a ladybug looks like. Since childhood, most of us have been enamored by these beautiful little beetles. As we got older we discovered their ravenous appetite for aphids, the bane of any gardener.

Did you know that a Ladybug goes through what is called “complete metamorphosis.” This means the young ladybug look completely different than their adult selves.

Every so often someone will bring in this bug that looks like some mutant from outer space and wants to know what it is. So study the picture closely, because these little monsters are one of the most beneficial insects you can have in your garden.