(updated 10/18/19)  

What is this cute little bug clinging to the white siding on the back of our home?

(answer below)

The Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
(or Asian Ladybug)

          Farmer Tom was relaxing in the sun room the second week in October when he saw dozens of Asian ladybugs outside.   Their  annual Fall search for overwintering cover brought them to our home.

          These beetles have many spots and are considered beneficial but they have a reputation for biting.  This little tyke’s “pinch” can make Spouse of Farmer Tom head inside after a bite or two.

          Although I forbid their entry, we’re sure to find some around the house between now and Spring.  But, oh, they are so cute!  I usually place one or two among our plants over winter.