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Steve Mills

Lady bug, is not a lady?

Posted Sunday, November 4, 2012, at 9:12 PM
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  • Did you know...when ladybugs prepare to overwinter, they are attracted to warm cracks and crevasses, and anything that resembles those places. That is often why you will find them invading your home! They are considered to be good luck in many of the Asian countries.

    -- Posted by wildwoman on Mon, Nov 5, 2012, at 8:14 AM
  • I'll take the luck. We will have many thousands before Spring.

    Grits, I have to admit, I've never heard a story about why the lady bug is called a lady bug. I will have to remember that, even though I'll have to write it since I have no idea how to pronounce the species name and I too might get slapped.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Nov 5, 2012, at 7:25 PM
  • I've seen that happen to a fellow trying to use his French one night at a restaurant in Quebec. I never knew what he said and I don't think he knew either, but we BOTH learned to not get too sure of ourselves, especially when talking to women.

    I went through an extensive explanation to a waitress in Japan one time, trying to get my niece's steak cooked to her liking. After the about 5 minutes of explanation, she finally brought the manager out and I tried again.

    A few more minutes and the guy said in perfect English, "you mean she wants it rare"? He enjoyed making me sweat and you could almost hear the other restaurant patrons sigh of relief that my request had finally been resolved.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Nov 5, 2012, at 10:15 PM
  • leave out pieces of cotton soaked in hummingbird water, then put them in the garden in Spring :D That is, if you don't mind sharing some space with them haha

    -- Posted by craftin_mom on Tue, Nov 6, 2012, at 10:25 AM
  • We have put out sugar water and they seemed to enjoy it but we really don't know if it saved them or just prolonged their visit.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Nov 6, 2012, at 7:55 PM
  • The ladybugs that invade your home in the fall in great numbers are actually asian ladybugs (sometimes called japanese ladybugs). They are a relative newcomer, altho I do not know if they were intentionally imported for some purpose, or are an accidental invader. Either way, they are here to stay. The native north american ladybugs do not swarm, but rather hide away for the winter individually.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Tue, Nov 6, 2012, at 9:48 PM
  • You got my curiosity up, so I did a little research. The asian ladybugs were imported on purpose by the agriculture industry. Their swarming habits probably lend to commercial applications, and they will eat more different insect pests than our native ladybugs.

    I also stumbled across the source of their name. They were used during the middle ages to control insect pests in vinyards, and were called "our lady's bugs"

    -- Posted by lazarus on Tue, Nov 6, 2012, at 9:57 PM
  • Since LBs started overwintering in our house and greenhouse, we have had very few issues with other insects that could be more harmful. Whiteflies and spider mites in particular used to be a problem.

    I don't notice their activity but they must be doing something. AND PITA does not bother them. What a great combination!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Nov 7, 2012, at 7:22 AM
  • Opened up my pump house yesterday and was greeted with numerous clusters of ladybugs. I can only imagine what they must be like in m,y outside walls.

    Hmmm, do they provide insulation?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Nov 16, 2012, at 5:21 PM
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