Part IV : Release of the Ladybugs!

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Part IV : Release of the Ladybugs!

The main predator of the aphid is the ladybug. You can buy hundreds of ladybugs and have a kid friendly activity at the same time. They come in a package that you place in your refrigerator until you're ready to release them. When released at sundown (because they don't fly at night), ladybugs eat aphids, mealy bugs, scale, leaf hoppers, and other destructive pests.

My kids had a blast releasing them and watching them go. Whether they stayed in my yard and actually had any beneficial effects is unknown. My Crepe Myrtle is still looking pretty strong, so I'm guessing they helped it. But, they mostly moved on by now. It was fun, non-the-less!

 

If you are interested in purchasing some summer fun at Amazon.com --

Ladybugs

Live Ladybugs - Hirt's Gardens - Approximately 1500

 

Ladybugs being released

The large photo here is from when my kids released the ladybugs that Grandma purchased for them!

Here's a bit more info I learned about ladybugs while researching them for this series of info on crepe myrtles:

"Many people are fond of ladybugs because of their colorful, spotted appearance. But farmers love them for their appetite. Most ladybugs voraciously consume plant-eating insects, such as aphids, and in doing so they help to protect crops. Ladybugs lay hundreds of eggs in the colonies of aphids and other plant-eating pests. When they hatch, the ladybug larvae immediately begin to feed. By the end of its three-to-six-week life, a ladybug may eat some 5,000 aphids.

Ladybugs are also called lady beetles or, in Europe, ladybird beetles. There are about 5,000 different species of these insects, and not all of them have the same appetites. A few ladybugs prey not on plant-eaters but on plants. The Mexican bean beetle and the squash beetle are destructive pests that prey upon the crops mentioned in their names. Ladybugs appear as half-spheres, tiny, spotted, round or oval-shaped domes. They have short legs and antennae.

Their distinctive spots and attractive colors are meant to make them unappealing to predators. Ladybugs can secrete a fluid from joints in their legs which gives them a foul taste. Their coloring is likely a reminder to any animals that have tried to eat their kind before: "I taste awful." A threatened ladybug may both play dead and secrete the unappetizing substance to protect itself."   [SOURCE: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/ladybug/]

 

PART I: About Crepe Myrtles a.k.a. Crape Myrtles

PART II: Crepe Murder

PART III: Aphids

PART IV: Release of the Ladybugs!

 

 

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Brian Worrell - GRI, CNE
Bayou Properties Realty  |   The Worrell Team, Realtors
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Comments (4)

Sharon Lord
Maracay Homes - Peoria, AZ
New Home Advisor

Bob - we bought 5,000 ladybugs from a farmer in CA on eBay about a month ago and released them in our atrium - we do this about once a year.  It's so much fun to watch them, and they decimated whatever kind of bugs were on our plants in there....!  YAY!

Jul 19, 2011 06:07 AM
League City, TX - Worrell Team, REALTORS, GRI, CNE
RE/MAX 1st Class - League City, TX

Sharon, it sure is a sight to behold, isn't it?  I can't even imagine 5000 of them at once... we released I'd guess about 150 or so, and released the rest at my mom's house.


Brian

Jul 19, 2011 06:12 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Sounds like a wonderful idea I love ladybugs how old are your children? Thanks for sharing.

Jul 19, 2011 06:15 AM
League City, TX - Worrell Team, REALTORS, GRI, CNE
RE/MAX 1st Class - League City, TX

Pat... it was lots of fun!  My daughter is 7 and my son is 4...  I highly recommend it... there's a link right in the blog to purchase at Amazon, and I think this is the one we used and is the cheapest.

Jul 19, 2011 06:29 AM