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Didn't know ladybugs could bite. I do now. They hurt too. Standing there in bathroom putting on face cream. Bam! Righ in middle of back. Damn.

Something so small and pretty..have a bite like that

Props to you

Edit: apparently..Japanese lady beetle. Still pretty lil red thing. With a hell of a kick
I dont think our native ladybugs bit

3 Things You May Not Know About Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetles
Reading the title alone reveals one thing you already don’t know about multi-colored Asian lady beetles (MCALB). What are they? You know these little creatures, but you don’t even know it. Another name for the multi-colored Asian lady beetle is lady bug, and there is more to them than meets the eye. Here are the top 3 things you don’t know about these beetles.

1. They aren’t very lady like

The multi-colored Asian lady beetle is not as “tame” as the traditional lady bug. This species is more aggressive. The MCALB gets feisty when in a large group. Large swarms of these bugs can swarm areas and resort to biting when they are on the hunt for shelter in the fall and winter months. If they target your home, they will stop at nothing to make sure you share the space.

2. They are not native lady bugs

The multicolored Asian lady beetle is not native to Minnesota or the United States. People often confuse them with the native lady bug, but they are slightly different. The multi-colored Asian lady beetle was first brought to the United States in the early 1900’s. The new species was introduced to control devastating pest populations that attacked American crops. The beetle’s job was to control aphids and other pests that fed on pecan, trees, citrus trees and alfalfa crops.

Not too long ago, the USDA, state agencies, local agencies and the Forestry Commission released the Asian lady beetle to control aphid, mile, and scale insect populations. The goal was to reduce pesticide use.

3. They smell

Yes, those cute, little bugs that your kids like to play with and you like to see in your garden can actually get quite smelly. The MCALB will release a stinky substance that is yellow in color when they are stressed or agitated. The smelly stuff is also called “reflex bleeding,” and it comes from their joints.

The Bottom Line. Asian lady beetles (Harmonia axyridis) were introduced by the US Department of Agriculture to help control crop pests like aphids. Although they were invited guests, they have become branded as an invasive species and household pests. Asian lady beetles can bite, but they are not venomous.
@NightsWatch I put picture further down in a conversation. Pretty certain it is a ladybug
Figured from reading that what I felt was a pinch
Queendragonfly · 31-35, F
They CAN! I learned it the hard way too. Those little red devils. I'm never holding one again!
Found that pic…🤭@Queendragonfly
samueltyler2 · 80-89, M
There is an insect that looks like a lady bug, but is a different species that csn and does bite.

I took this image at it was identified by as such, and not a lady bug. I apologize for not remembering the actual name.
@samueltyler2 That’s true… some of these invasive species actually harm the local [i]good[/i] bugs. 😕
@samueltyler2 it was probably a pinch. I've been reading. "Native ladybugs can definitely pinch, though, using their back legs to momentarily latch onto your skin. This is one of their natural defense mechanisms against prey"
samueltyler2 · 80-89, M
@Bexsy wrong word, prey, they are probably the prey and the predator is what they push back upon. That is very interesting. When you read about spiders and other venomous creatures, they seem to be smart enough to not waste their venom on something they can't eat. A little big is smart enough not to attack a human, unless in Defense.
Those are the Asian lady beetles, true native ladybugs don't bite, it's how I always tell people to ID the difference (ouch)...
samueltyler2 · 80-89, M
@BrewCityArtist I just posted a response with a photo I took of the bug you mentioned. The mouth piece is totally different.
@samueltyler2 Yes, that is an Asian version. If I recall, the Asian version are larger and have distinct head markings (the M). Ladybugs are darker in color. Another common characteristic is the Asian version are the ones that swarm when it gets cold.
@BrewCityArtist figure with as many dots its the asian. Just didn't know they came so red in color. They still cute
Jeephikelove · 46-50, F
They lure you into a false sense of security letting them on your finger then, ya little fuckers. 😕
@Jeephikelove lol damn Fuckers.

How dare they be so cute. Then go and bite
Jeephikelove · 46-50, F
@Bexsy exactly
do they bite or is it more of a suck
@saragoodtimes felt like a bite
SalttyDawg · 70-79, M
@saragoodtimes One can only wish 😀
eyeno · M
[b]lol, everybody wants a taste...,[/b]

akindheart · 61-69, F
I heard that too!! how did you figure it was a ladybug on your back?
akindheart · 61-69, F
@Bexsy wow...wonder where it came from
@akindheart shoot, they're all over my house. Not just my house. Everywhere around here. Even work. They came in for winter
akindheart · 61-69, F
@Bexsy they are good luck!! so be nice to those little back biting devils
DrWatson · 70-79, M
You might have encountered Japanese Beetles. They look quite similar to Ladybugs, but they are more orange than red .

They are viscous.
@DrWatson Japanese beetles are completely different. They ravage plants, like grape vines, and some trees. I had to put traps out at my old place.
Spumoni · 46-50, M
Had one bite me on my forearm. Definitely felt it. Got all red for the day.
@Spumoni dang things hurt when not expecting it
Spumoni · 46-50, M
@Bexsy looked down and there it was still doing business
pdockal · 56-60, M
Look in the mirror
Your small a pretty and probably pack one hellofa bite !!!!!
@pdockal uhhuh
pdockal · 56-60, M
@Bexsy 😜
Could be a bed bug! 🤪

Lady bugs 🐞 are saints, Missy…😩
@Vivaci saintly lil devils lol
@Bexsy I’m hoping it didn’t hurt too much…🧡😕
@Vivaci only for a quick moment
Wow, I had no idea! I’ve had one crawl on my countless times and I’ve never been bitten.
@Ducky same. Since childhood loved having one decide to just crawl on me. Liked watching them
Barefooter25 · 46-50, M
I've known that for years. When I was a kid, I touched a few ladybugs as a kid and the results weren't pleasant.
4meAndyou · F
Wow. I did NOT know that. When I lived in Lansing, Michigan, my house was invaded by a huge cloud of ladybugs. Apparently they travel in big swarms, and they are attracted by pale yellow houses.

This swarm landed ON my house, which was crawling with them on the outside for quite a while, and then they began to get INSIDE through the sliding door. They would land on the lampshades and leave little tea stains.
TexChik · F
Really? I have never been bitten by one
Degbeme · 70-79, MVIP
Little back biter. 😡
@Degbeme coulda at least bought dinner first :/
Degbeme · 70-79, MVIP
@Bexsy exactly.
Geez, now I can add Coccinellidaephobia to my list.
akindheart · 61-69, F
@southerngent i think she is being invaded. Mice and ladybugs
@akindheart better put out a crap ton of glue traps.
akindheart · 61-69, F
@southerngent LOL. not me. i am good. no bugs. becks has the mice and ladybugs.
MartinTheFirst · 22-25, M
A ladybug once stung me as a kid and when I looked something long and black was protruding from its downstairs. I didn't even know ladybugs had dicks. I was so scared.
Dont let her fool you . She was abducted and thats just an implanted memory to cover up the "bite " which was the tracking chip being implanted. 🛸
@Marywolf90 or asian lady beetle whatever lol
@Bexsy in uk they are called ladybirds
@Marywolf90 that's such a cute name
NudasPriest · 46-50, M
Are you sure it wasn't a miniature military drone?
@NudasPriest could've been!

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