Real Red Rhubarb and One Red Bug

Out of town for a few days…down to the farm. Nothing like leaving your gardens for a bit to really notice the growth when you get back ( I hope).
While walking around the farm I found myself at ‘the old rhubarb’ patch. A little smaller than I remember it, but 1) still there and 2) still in good shape.
I’ve only had green rhubarb for so long, that it was cool to see the red variety.
I think I can safely and confidently say that this rhubarb is an heirloom variety, not to mention an heirloom, period.
(I’ll bring what I need next visit to bring home plants).

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And we’ll call this next section…
Let’s Ask Gary 🙂
I found this bug on the leaf of the rhubarb plant. It’s not a Ladybug/Beetle. Or at least I don’t think so. It looks like a spotted cucumber beetle, but red. So, Gary, what is it?

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1 thought on “Real Red Rhubarb and One Red Bug

  1. Hi Stevie, It is a lady beetle, just looks a little different than the others. It is Coleomegilla maculata, commonly known as the spotted lady beetle, pink spotted lady beetle, or twelve-spotted lady beetle. Adults and larvae feed primarily on aphids. It has been used as a biological control agent. By the way, I remember my Mother collecting rhubarb from the back yard in Ohio to make pies when I was a child. I thought it was “wild” rhubarb. Enjoy your rhubarb. Gary

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