Today 1500 Californian ladybugs were set free into our back(and front) yard to eat pesky bugs that chew chew chew plants in a bad way. My main squeeze will soon be dressing up as "ladybug mike" and selling ladybugs to gardeners at the Portland farmer's market. He has asked me to tag along as his aphid. I told him I'll have to think about it for a big black bear already has dibs on my fleshy flesh. In case you are wondering, here is a little bit about the ladybug: Coccinellidae is a family of beetles, known variously as ladybirds (UK, Ireland, Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, India, Malta), ladybugs (North America), or lady beetles (preferred by some scientists). Lesser-used names include ladyclock, lady cow, and lady fly.
They are small insects, ranging from 1 mm to 10 mm (0.04 to 0.4 inches), and are commonly yellow, orange, or scarlet with small black spots on their wing covers, with black legs, head and antennae. A very large number of species are mostly or entirely black, grey, or brown and may be difficult for non-entomologists to recognize as coccinellids (and, conversely, there are many small beetles that are easily mistaken as such, like tortoise beetles).
A few species are pests in North America and Europe, but they are generally considered useful insects as many species feed on aphids or scale insects, which are pests in gardens, agricultural fields, orchards, and similar places. The Mall of America, for instance, releases thousands of ladybugs into its indoor park as a natural means of pest control for its gardens.
A common myth is that the number of spots on its back indicates its age.
My main squeeze will soon be dressing up as "ladybug mike" and selling ladybugs to gardeners at the farmer's market. He has asked me to tag along as an aphid. I told him I'll have to think about it for a big black bear has already made a reservation to devour me completely.