Today I bought some romaine lettuce for salad for dinner. I was very surprised to find Coccinella californica on our lettuce! As someone who occasionally thinks about ladybugs, I thought to myself where there are predators there are often prey. You can imagine my happiness when I found aphids on the lettuce too! Then, as a bonus, there was a leafhopper!
The lettuce was not organic and the HQ of the farming corporation is Salinas, CA – a normal place to find Coccinella californica.
The salad was fine. I did wash the lettuce and kept the ladybug and leafhopper specimens.