Re: Informal survey: ladybug oddities?
- Subject: Re: Informal survey: ladybug oddities?
- From: "Celeste Whitlow" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2002 17:03:20 -0500 (CDT)
Well, isn't that a kick in the pants! They introduce a lady bug that will
bite? The same brain trust that decided to introduce the mongoose to Hawaii
must have been in charge of this ladybug decision.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Burns" <email@example.com>
To: "Multiple recipients of list AROID-L" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, April 27, 2002 9:16 PM
Subject: Re: Informal survey: ladybug oddities?
> 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 <email@example.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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