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Wildlife Ways
Vicky Carder

Ladybug Luck

Posted Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at 12:41 PM
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  • If you can place them near cracks or log piles, they will find refuge. You can bet that inside your walls their are huge clusters of them.

    We have hundreds of them inside our living space and when the day heats the greenhouse they are swarming all over the place. Needless to say, I have no other insects in the greenhouse but these guys get maddening.

    We too try to re-locate them outside and at one time started leaving sugar water in dishes to try to bide them over until we could get them outside. We finally gave up. We now vacuum them and hope that some survive when we put them out.

    When the temp is above freezing, they have a little time to find a suitable place, but they come out of there on every warm day so.... I guess we have to settle for "what will be, will be."

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 22, 2014, at 8:45 PM
  • "Whoever would think of a Ladybug

    As a soldier, brave and bold?

    His uniform red may have black spots,

    Or maybe white or gold!

    He clears green plants of insect pests.

    He hangs his cocoon like a 'C'.

    He defends himself with a liquid gun

    That is shot from a joint in his knee!"

    ~ Eleanor Dawes Walter ~

    1931

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Jan 23, 2014, at 8:42 AM
  • The poem raised some interesting points about lady bugs that I did not know, like emitting the "juice" from their joints. Strange place to emit a defensive liquid.

    I know that defensive fluid has stained more than a few of my wife's clothes. Probably mine too but I end up staining so many of my clothes that I rarely pay attention to it.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jan 23, 2014, at 12:19 PM
  • I love that poem!

    I thought I might have them in the attic, but I bet you are right about inside the walls as well. Maybe I won't have as many insect problems this year.

    I remember that in the summer I had swarms of box elder bugs on the western side of my house. I read that they love elm trees but wouldn't cause a lot of damage.

    I wonder if they meet up with the ladybugs for high tea?

    -- Posted by wildwoman on Thu, Jan 23, 2014, at 12:45 PM
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