A common beneficial insect (i.e., provides a benefit to humans) that is found in crops and gardens throughout South Dakota is the lady beetle (also referred to as ladybird beetles or ladybugs). All lady beetles belong to the family Coccinellidae, with some species having agricultural significance in the form of a biological control. Other species are more commonly observed in non-agricultural settings, but still play a vital role. As beneficial insects providing biological control of pests, it is important to consider lady beetles when making pest management decisions. This guide will help you to monitor for, properly identify, and promote the growth of these beneficial insects.