Started by peg_688, April 12, 2006, 08:45:41 PM
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QuoteTraveling through the mountains today we came across a swarm of Ladybugs. They are great for the garden - I guess we should have grabbed a handful but the little rascals do bite.
QuoteLarge numbers of lady beetles (ladybugs) infesting homes and buildings in the United States were first reported in the early 1990s. Ladybugs normally are considered beneficial since they live outdoors and feed on plant pests. One species of lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis, can be a nuisance however, when they fly to buildings in search of overwintering sites and end up indoors. Once inside they crawl about on windows, walls, attics, etc., often emitting a noxious odor and yellowish staining fluid before dying. In many areas of the U.S., these autumn invasions are such a nuisance that they affect quality of life.
Asian lady beetles vary in color. Note the whitish area with M-shaped marking behind the head (M. Potter, Univ. of Kentucky)