Saturday, November 21, 2015

A Wonderful Ladybug Day

Years ago I discovered ladybugs when I had an organic garden in the San Francisco bay area. I learned ladybugs are beneficial and eat aphids. Back then in the Spring I actually purchased ladybugs to release in my garden. A ladybug can eat up to 5,000 aphids in it's lifetime.

A few years later I moved to the Sierra Nevada mountains. One year in the late fall I discovered millions of ladybugs congregating at the base of an old stump clumped together. I learned they were gathering together to hibernate for the winter.

Recently here in the Georgia mountains I've found a few ladybugs in the house up in the corners of an upper bedroom. The ladybugs won't do any harm and will leave in the Spring.

This afternoon I was sitting on the front deck and saw several ladybugs walking around. I thought they might be thirsty from basking in the South facing sun. I gathered a bit of water on the table beside my chair and placed it in front of one of the ladybugs. The ladybug went up and took a drink. What a wonderful ladybug day.

Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

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    1. Hi Barbara, thanks, knew you'd like to see the ladbugs, aren't they sweet.

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    2. Hi Barbara, thanks, knew you'd like to see the ladbugs, aren't they sweet.

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  2. What a lovely moment for you.

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    1. Hi Suzi, thanks, I was amazed that the ladybug went right up to the water and took a drink, even the insects are smarter than I realize.

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  3. I always welcome them. And a ladybug day, like a rainbow day, is a good one.

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    1. Hi Elephant's Child, thanks, yes both are rare and to be celebrated.

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  4. Ladybirds as we call them down this way, along with praying mantis' are a garden's best friends.

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    1. Hi Lee, thanks, ladybirds, sounds much better than bugs. Ha and they deserve the name.

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