Tar and Abby

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Ladybug Commando reporting for duty!

We also bought a sack full of ladybugs this spring (along with the praying mantis egg cases). We let the ladybugs go in the rose hedge (wait until night fall, sprinkle the bushes with water and let them go).
Ladybug checked in this morning to investigate aphid crop.

8 comments:

Bob Slatten said...

Pretty, but deadly ... to the aphids.

anne marie in philly said...

faster ladybug, kill kill!

mistress maddie said...

I love Lady Bugs. In the late winter and spring, my one window of the bedroom that gets the morning sun gets tons of Ladies around and on the window. I have never had the heart to get rid of them, they always seem to stay at the window. where they go at night is beyond me.

the dogs' mother said...

Well, I had to find out! I figured they would be conducting Ladybug raids on spiders and such....
Apparently they live off of stored fat. The only requirement they would like is some humidity as they can die of dehydration. A wet cotton ball in a jar lid would be perfect.

mistress maddie said...

they are in search of water! That would explain why I find some dead in between the two layers of windows. They got in and couldn't get out, hence died of dehydration. The poor things.

Jeanne said...

Is that a squash or pumpkin blossom I see? Ladybugs are great predators!

the dogs' mother said...

sunflower!
I have some pumpkin plants coming up near by.

Katy Noelle said...

We bought a take-out container of 1,000 ladybugs for our garden once. The lovebug fest that ensued made it difficult to meander down the garden walk without blushing!