I noticed some activity on my asparagus patch, where I discovered all stages of the lady bug present in large numbers.
|lady bug larva|
|larva and pupa|
|This, I cannot explain: there is a sticky, smelly substance on the plants--is it a ladybug excretion? The dead branches could be coincidental, but I have read that lady bugs can emit a foul odor.|
|Some of the color in the background is asparagus berries, but you can see the numbers here.|