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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

If you have ladybugs, turn the lights on when you get a drink at night!

Posted Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at 5:48 PM
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    Steve.

    Aren't lady bugs great for the garden and other plants or are they only useful for getting rid of aphids?

    -- Posted by sui on Sun, Jan 17, 2016, at 1:57 PM
  • Yes, they are good for controlling bad insects and aphids is a favorite menu item, but they eat other insect as as well. Mites, scale (which is actually a bug)mealy bugs, etc.

    Some people buy them to be released when the bugs are just starting to move around in Spring. We are blessed (unless you are not a gardener) with a substantial population, but in areas where crops are sprayed with insecticides, they are not so fortunate.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 17, 2016, at 5:56 PM
  • For identification I've included a picture of the voracious larvae.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 17, 2016, at 6:04 PM
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    Pretty little burger.

    I picked up a pretty worm when I was younger. It was a green saddle back worm. I'll never do that again!

    -- Posted by sui on Sun, Jan 17, 2016, at 10:13 PM
  • Allergic to the sting? I've never met one in person.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 18, 2016, at 6:14 PM
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    No, but, the hairs are venomous and pack a nasty punch. Each hair has a poison sac at its base and the sting is reputed to be much like a wasp sting. The pain and swelling can last for days and is often accompanied by a rash, nausea, cold chills, sweating, headache, dizziness, tingling and numbness.

    As I get older MY immune system may not be as good as it used to be.

    -- Posted by sui on Mon, Jan 18, 2016, at 8:53 PM
  • Yikes!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 18, 2016, at 9:13 PM
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