The Ashy Gray Lady Beetle is a totally different species than the red ladybug. Here’s some info on their beneficial eating habits in the garden. “This beetle lays tiny, yellowish eggs on the underside of a leaf near a food source for the young, such as aphids. In 3 to 5 days, the young hatch in the form of tiny, fiercely spiky larvae that can consume up to 400 aphids in the two to three weeks before they pupate. They remain in cocoons attached to the bottom of a leaf for around a week before they hatch out as adults.” Thanks Lady! :)
Hardscape is an important part of any landscape but that is especially true in drought-tolerant ones where you may not want to fill every square-inch something green and water-sucking.