Coccinellidae conglobata lady bug visiting our farm
Some of you might be experiencing the invasion of ladybug as the weather turns cold. Except for one year a few years ago, we have been one of those homes as well.
At our garden club meeting last Friday one of our members told us that she had heard that they were actually NOT ladybugs. Over the years, I have been 99.999% convinced that they were, but rather than get into an extended conversation, I decided to do some research.
After an hour or more of internet searching, I am still convinced they ARE ladybugs but there are MANY different types of ladybugs as seen in this page http://www.ladybuglady.com/ladybugweb9.htm and our friend might be talking to someone who is as confused as I could be with the wide variety.
I took a look at several of our winter visitors and concluded that ours are Coccinellidae conglobata based on the coloration and layout of the dots.
If yours are like ours, they will soon be everywhere and apparently they leave telltale scents from last year that says your house is a good place to winter, so getting rid of them will be a chore.
Since we are a gardening family and choose not to use toxic chemicals, we welcome them for taking care of aphids, some molds and probably other insects we do not know about. They can be annoying but....