Last year I planted 150 eggplants on an elevated plot which was formerly a rice paddy. The plants were healthy when they were growing. I saw what seems to be a Red Lady Bug and I was really happy.
Turns out that the Lady Bug is actually a pest in the field. It was a Mexican Bean Bug that was usually mistaken for a Lady Bug. Most of them were colored orange but they also came in colors of orange.
They would lay their eggs on the bottom of the leaves, away from the sunlight and when they hatch they would eat the leaves. Though not fully.
People around the farm suggested that I spray insecticide, which I eventually gave into. We sprayed and the bean bugs left. A week after they came back.
Bad Mexican Bean Bug. Bad.
I should have sticked to the plan of spraying Oriental Herbal Nutrient (OHN) once a week to prevent this outburst. I’ll try this very soon and I hope it works.