In other words…the North American Ladybug.
Yes, this little alligator lookalike bug is the ladybug larvae (baby).
And this is the beautiful Ladybug they turn into:
Do you know how beneficial ladybugs are to our gardens? Well, these little bitty girls and guys just love, love, love to eat bad bugs such as aphids and scale. So, please, don’t kill the ladybugs. And when you see aphids or scale on your plants, why don’t you just let nature take its course instead of reaching for the insecticide? Once the ladybugs are in your garden, they will eat all the bad bugs. Just be patient.
Happy digging in the dirt!
Jeanni and Gibbs