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Please, please don’t kill the ladybug larva

Ladybug larva
Ladybug larva Courtesy photo

Most everybody knows that ladybugs are good bugs. That is, they help take care of the bugs that would otherwise eat our plants. Plus, they’re cute.

But before they get to that cute stage, as larvae, they look like little alligators with spines on them, black with orange marks. K-State Research & Extension in Sedgwick County has been getting calls about what the little alligators are and what to do about them, and the extension agents and master gardeners are responding to let them be.

Annie Calovich: 316-268-6596, @anniecalovich