Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home....

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

When I was growing up, my mom's gardens were full of butterflies and ladybugs.

Not until many years later did I understand that it's easy to get certain wildlife to visit your gardens simply by growing the plants that they like.

At the property I was previewing today, it seemed that there were millions of ladybugs.

Here are some of what I came home with:

Ladybug in San Diego

Ladybugs in San Diego

Ladybugs in San Diego

Ladybug in San Diego

Ladybugs in San Diego

Ladybugs in San Diego

Look at those last two pictures. How many ladybugs do you see? If you answered two and five, you're correct! Those ugly bugs you see there are simply the pupal stages of ladybugs. There were hundreds, if not thousands, of ladybug pupae and larvae all over the property.

Interesting facts about ladybugs:

  1. They are actually beetles, not bugs. Bugs, beetles, they both start with B.
  2. They are in the Coccinellidae family, which has over 5,000 species, 450 just in the United States.
  3. They are beneficial insects, so if you see them in your garden, be happy!
  4. The Mall of America releases thousands of ladybugs each Spring inside the mall as natural pest control for its indoor gardens.
  5. It is a myth that the number of spots on its back indicates its age.
  6. While many critters in nature use camouflage for protection, the ladybug opts for the opposite in wanting to be noticed. This is called aposematism. Predators learn that certain phenotypes are associated with bad taste, or worse.
  7. Ladybugs can spray a toxin that is venomous to some mammals and other insects.
  8. Ladybugs are extremely sensitive to synthetic insecticides.
  9. Plants known to attract ladybugs include mustard plants, buckwheat, cilantro, red or crimson clover, vetches, bronze fennel, dill, cilantro, caraway, angelica, tansy, yarrow, coreopsis, cosmos (especially the white ones), dandelions, and scented geraniums.
  10. The ladybug is the state insect of Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee.

Interestingly, here is the "garden" where I found the ladybugs, and "garden" is a term I use very loosely in this instance:

Ladybug garden

If that's the type of San Diego garden that attracts ladybugs, well, I'm just going to have to make do without them.

Remember the nursery rhyme, Ladybug, Ladybug? I had no idea there were so many different versions, but here is the version I learned as a child:

Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home.
Your house is on fire;
Your children all roam.
Except little Nan
Who sits in her pan
Weaving her laces as fast as she can.

Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home....

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Gerry Khatchikian
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Russel,

Those are great close-up pictures of the ladybugs.   They will bring good luck to you and all the ones who visit this post.   :)

April 06, 2010 02:15 PM
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Nick T Pappas
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Russel, great photos...I just visited my house in Illinois and there were literally hundrends of them on the outside and the inside of my house...they may be cute and an asset in the garden, but I've had about all I can take of them in my house...I guess part of the problem is the house being vacant much of the time.

April 06, 2010 10:14 PM
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Ted Tyndall
FL Homes for Sale-Palencia, World Golf Village,Nocatee,St. Augustine
Davidson Realty Inc.

Russel, thats the first time I have seen the pupil stage of a Lady Bug. great close ups.

April 14, 2010 11:54 AM
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Debra Walsh
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.928.8000
Keller Williams Realty

Cool shots Russel.

April 17, 2010 04:07 PM
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Hey, Folks!

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