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Re: Informal survey: ladybug oddities?

  • Subject: Re: Informal survey: ladybug oddities?
  • From: Bob Burns <bobburns61@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2002 23:16:53 -0500 (CDT)

Hello Kathy!
      We have these ladybugs in plenty, or something
very like them, in Georgia.  I thought I had heard
they were introduced, originally into FL, to control
aphids in pecan groves; though that makes sense if
they go after them on hardwoods generally.  I
understand they are since spreading north and becoming
more abundant. They gather and look for shelter in the
fall where they spend the winter.  I certainly have
found clumps of them in the cold weather in sheds,
woodpiles and other sheltered spots, so I guess they
could get into a not-well-sealed cabin or house.  And
they do bite at the least disturbance.  
                     Bob Burns
--- Kathy Kempf <wont_read101@hotmail.com> wrote:
> I am taking part in our local university's study
> about Multicolored Asian 
> Lady Beetles.  Anybody else in the country/world
> notice ladybugs acting odd 
> in the fall?  They were released in the midwest
> several times in the past 
> couple of decades to try to help control aphids in
> hardwood forests.  
> Trouble is, they swarm and try to find places to
> hibernate.  Since they 
> can't find cliffs as in their native habitat, they
> are infesting people's 
> houses by the hundreds or thousands or tens of
> thousands here in the 
> American midwest.  I know they have penetrated into
> central Indiana, but not 
> yet into western New York (Buffalo area).
> They also bite, and increasing numbers of people are
> having allergic 
> reactions.
> These look very similar to native American ladybugs;
> they are colored from 
> dark to light orange, with varying numbers of black
> spots.
> For more information, check out the Ohio State
> University IPM site at 
> www.ag.ohio-state.edu/~ipm/
> I am not a researcher with this group, just a
> participant.
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