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Although North America's almost 500 species of Coccinellidae include
three species that attack plants and another three which eat fungal
spores, most lady beetles are extraordinary consumers of aphids
and related soft-bodied insects such as mealybugs. The familiar
round little red or orange beetles that everyone recognises as lady
beetles usually specialize on aphids, and are among the most beneficial