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Ramblings from Bell Buckle

Posted Sunday, March 15, 2009, at 9:55 AM

Ever notice how we bloggers seem to blog in spurts? I am in the middle of one.

The lady bugs are driving me buggy!!! Or at least that is my story and I am sticking to it. This morning I went to rinse after brushing and since the LB's are all over, I checked my cup.

Sure enough, one was in there. I haven't swallowed one yet, but through my auto-pilot actions I had already put some water in the cup. NO problem except I did not pour the water out before I shook the cup to dislodge the lady bug.

Can you envision water all over the bathroom counter, mirror and floor? I don't have to imagine. I got to clean it up.

This flurry of blogging activity is coming from an overload of information I have cluttering my desk. It would be best to just put it away, but I have this terrible urge to share it. I need to get it off my workspace, so please forgive me.

I and you will get bored from too long a blog, so I must break it down. Hopefully just daily, but 2-or 3 a day could occur, so be forewarned.

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big daddy rabbit,

Have you been eating crunchy ladybugs?

I thought rabbits were vegetarians. :))

-- Posted by parkerbrothers on Tue, Mar 31, 2009, at 7:34 PM

I have used hand-vacs. The force is usually not enough to injure the insect,and found it to be good for collecting as well as releasing.

78,000! I knew the firefly was a "State Insect" but thanks for the Ladybug being one as well. I did not know that.

Taste? They smell bad enough that taste never crossed my mind.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 9:26 AM

On a good day you can fit about 78,000 lady bugs in a one gallon jar. I don't know if this was covered but the lady bug is the state insect for Tennessee! They do not taste good and tend to crunch more than I'm comfortable with for a food source.

Best control method is a vacuum cleaner, especially if you have a removable detail wand.

-- Posted by big daddy rabbit on Sun, Mar 29, 2009, at 8:36 PM

Thanks for the lady bug links---good information.

-- Posted by nannygoat@isp.com on Wed, Mar 18, 2009, at 6:49 AM

I've heard you can spray Pam or rub Vaseline on eaves,etc. to keep wasp nests away.

I remember a story from grade school about a boy who wrapped up in the equivalent of beekeeping gear and led the wasps away with jam-covered bread while the nest was knocked down and gotten rid of.

I'm not sure how true-to-life that story was.

(I'm so afraid of wasps,I'd get the heebie-jeebies reading about Giant Man's wife or running into Aryan only organizations.)

On one hand,any female wasp can become the leader of the hive.

On another,their survival depends on being parasites.

So,not only do their stings hurt,they aren't always the best role models.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Mar 17, 2009, at 7:56 PM


Asian Lady Bug


Convergent Lady Bug


-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Mar 17, 2009, at 12:07 PM

The adult ladybug has 7 spots on each wing. Those on top and center are round and black but the lower ones are not so pretty and round. The color is burnt orange and I think they are called the Asian Ladybug by the Extension Office.

-- Posted by nannygoat@isp.com on Tue, Mar 17, 2009, at 11:00 AM

Wasps also attack bad insects, but they also attack some good ones ( and people). I am concerned about how they are nesting. Be careful about that nest. It may be a permanent hive that can become quite aggressive when disturbed.

Regarding the new lady bug, do you know what kind they are? How many spots, What color?

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 16, 2009, at 8:36 PM

The first year the new lady bug moved in, I tried to get rid of them because there were so many. Every year since there have been fewer and fewer in the house; they kind of hide until a really warm and sunny day. That day came last Monday so I opened windows and doors and somehow they find enough small openings and move out. They are a big help in my garden but I hope they don't kill out our original lady bug.

-- Posted by nannygoat@isp.com on Mon, Mar 16, 2009, at 6:35 PM

Well, we aren't having the ladybug problem....We are having a WASP problem. I hate to kill them because I know they are good for something, but I don't know what. They are waking up from under a big pile of sawdust. ick!

-- Posted by mmp84 on Mon, Mar 16, 2009, at 11:44 AM

Ladybugs can become pesky, but we do not begrudge co-existing. If our house helps them stay in the area for our garden this spring, nooo problem.

I can certainly see where it is a problem to someone who does not garden and who has a distinct fear or dislike of insects. My mother-in-law is not a bog fan of bugs, but over the years, she has accepted our visitors graciously.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 16, 2009, at 9:39 AM

A US approved insect importation to aid US farmers in a green belt to help farmer rid plant eating insect pests by using an old predator-pray relationship insect eating insect to control a high pest population has backfired or gone wild. apparently the rushed researched prior to importation the species has been over-taking local species with a different migration and eating habits and nesting habits on www.YouTubes.com one can view the home movies of people's homes and choosing to call it's invasion because these imported

Insects invading or coming into people's homes becoming pest themselves. New blog on the Hx. of the Ladybug: http://historyoftheladybug.blogspot.com/

-- Posted by Laisseraller on Mon, Mar 16, 2009, at 9:07 AM

I can't type,either.

Sometimes,I give it one more try but,sometimes,I get better results by dictating to the cats.

They would spend every waking hour (and some naptime) on the keyboard and I feel a lot safer having them come here than some other places.

(I think they were disappointed that "chat" rooms had nothing to do with French-speaking felines.)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sun, Mar 15, 2009, at 7:19 PM

i need some lady bugs for my roses! ;)

when i used to live in flat creek they swarmed at that old house.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Sun, Mar 15, 2009, at 5:25 PM

Thank you QC. I usually talk to myself in my head and lately it has been coming out. I know, there are other names for that.

I just wish I could learn how to type. I can usually spell, but you wouldn't know it by what comes off the keyboard. Good things you don't get to see most of my fat finger boo boos.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Mar 15, 2009, at 2:13 PM

Bring the LB's over here.

We're having ants show up in coffee cups at our house.

(Maybe,the ladybugs could help us out.)

Jere and Barbara could confirm that Ladybugs and Chicks can be fun indoors as well as in the garden.

(Even when they don't wear Red Hats.)

BTW,anything you come up with is interesting and welcome reading.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sun, Mar 15, 2009, at 11:41 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.