|Asparagus Beetles are narrow and start off orange, darkening as they mature|
So... know your bugs. This morning I found a Lady Bug hanging out in the asparagus. She came really close to being exterminated with the Asparagus Beetles. In fact, I had her stuck before I went "wait, that's too round for an Asparagus Beetle!" and carefully picked her off.
|Lady Beetles come in many patterns but are very round and hard shelled.|
|Mac's Field Guide Good Bugs and Bad Bugs of the Northeast|
You can get these on Amazon. They are available by geographical area and are laminated with a little hole for hanging in the garden shed. You just compare your bug to the pictures. If there is any doubt, take you clues and go to BugGuide.net for confirmation. There you can get lots of photos of Asparagus Beetles or Lady Bugs. Then you can go to Gardeninsects.com and figure out who eats who.
If that doesn't solve it, you can start Googleing other gardener's solutions for your bad bug. There are some really clever people out there. I will forever be grateful to Quinn from the Reformation Acres Blog for the Duct Tape solution to squash bugs (and flea beetles, cucumber beetles and asparagus beetles). She turned me into a Bad Bug Killing Machine!