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  •  hibernating ladybugs on your window sill? (8+ / 0-)

    what does that look like? I have heard that ladybugs can be a pest coming inside although I never lived where that situation occurs. Do you let them stay inside for the winter? For me your report is fascinating.

    I'm glad that my granddaughter's smiling face brought a little joy into your day. Not to boast like a typical grandparent but I think she has a good eye and steady hand for photography.

    •  Yes! (5+ / 0-)

      They arrived a couple of weeks ago from the south, having been imported here from Asia by growers to south of me. They eat aphids and aerate the soil. I don't know exactly when they were brought in, but they started migrating this far north in the mid-90s to hibernate. I was working for the local paper and interviewed an entomologist about the massive influx. He said they'd be good for our  gardens. Some people even buy them for that purpose and have houses for them.

      I can see why people think they're a pest, but I just sort of made them my "pet" project. There are many varieties, and I haven't checked these out closely yet. It's not the local biodiversity we strive for, but they're here, and I couldn't possibly kill them. They're too cute -- except when they're lying belly-up hibernating, of course ;)

      It's really silly, I know, but it makes me smile -- just like your sweet granddaughter did!

      "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

      by cotterperson on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 04:03:24 PM PST

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      •  Cool link for Ladybug houses (4+ / 0-)

        We have a variety here. I have wondered if they overwinter in the garden and what I shouldn't disturb if possible. I've learned what the overwintering prying mantis egg sack looks like. Love your ladybug story. I once bought a bag of live ladybugs and set them out in the garden in CA. Without landing in the yard they directly headed off to my neighbor's yard. It seemed to me that they were so pissed off about being in a bag that they just wanted to fly as far away from it as possible. I grow herbs which seems to attract them. They reproduced in great numbers around the watermelon last year and the dill this year. I think they are cute too.

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