Ladybugs, Ladybugs, Come to My Garden


Article by: Lesley Dietschy

Ladybugs, also called lady beetles or ladybirds, can be a gardener's best friend. The ladybug's bright coloring brings welcomed cheer to the garden, , The Guide to Cloudy Pool Water as well as helping with pest , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 7) - Hard Water control. Since medieval times, ladybugs have been valued by farmers all over the world. Many believe that the ladybug was divinely sent to free crops of insect pests. , Easy Working With Cordless Lawn Mowers In fact, that is how the ladybug got its name. People dedicated the bug to the Virgin Mary and therefore called it "The Bug of our Lady"¬Ě, which was eventually shortened to the present name "ladybug"¬Ě.

Adult ladybugs are usually oval or domed shaped and have red wings, yellow wings or shades and variations of these colors. , Annuals - 5 Easy To Grow Flowers The number of black spots can range from no spots to 15 spots and they are typically about one quarter inch in size or smaller.

The length of the life cycle of a ladybug varies depending upon temperature, , Order Flowers Online humidity, and food , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 7) - Hard Water supply. Usually the life cycle from egg to adult is about three to four weeks, and up to six weeks during the cooler spring , Automate Your Lawn Work months. During the spring , Lawn Furniture the adult female ladybug can lay up to three hundred eggs in an aphid colony. The eggs normally hatch in two to five days. The newly hatched larvae feed on aphids for up to three weeks and then enter the pupae stage. About one week later, the adult ladybug emerges. There can be as many as six generations of ladybugs hatched in a year.

The ladybug enjoys popularity around the world. These pretty insects have long been considered a symbol of good luck and fortune because of their ability to eat an enormous amount of aphids. One ladybug can eat as many as 50 to 60 aphids per day. Aphids (also called plant , Furniture Benches Are Perfect For Every Outdoor Space lice) are herbivores and are one of the worst groups of pests , Spring Wedding Flowers on plants. , Give a Bird a Home; Leave a Legacy They feed in colonies and damage plants , Cast Aluminum Furniture by sucking the juice out of the leaves, stems, or roots. , How to Build a Waterfall For Your Garden Pond While aphids feed, they damage plant , No Dig Gardens - How to Build One tissue creating a loss of plant , Pruning Weeping Cherry Trees and Other Grafted and Budded s fluids and the photosynthetic tissue needed to produce energy , Vegetable Garden Layout for plant , Metal Garden Benches growth. Some plants , Cast Aluminum Furniture will show no adverse response to aphids, while others react with twisted, curled or swollen leaves or stems. Aphids also transmit many plant , Watering Your Lawn diseases from one plant , The Heralded Teak Furniture Manufacturer: Kingsley-Bate to another.

Apart from aphids, ladybugs eat a variety of other insects and larvae including white , Lawn Furniture flies, mealy bugs, spider mites, and other types of soft-bodied insects. They also require a source of pollen for food , Vegetable Garden Layout and for that reason are attracted to certain types of plants. , Annuals - 5 Easy To Grow Flowers Their preferred plants , The Guide to Cloudy Pool Water have umbrella shaped flowers , Organic Hydroponics - Simplified such as dill, fennel, angelica, tansy, caraway, cilantro, yarrow, and wild carrot. Other plants , Halfway Through Summer - Are We Having Fun Yet that attract ladybugs include cosmos (especially the white , Spring Wedding Flowers ones), dandelions, coreopsis, and scented geraniums.

If your garden , Spring Wedding Flowers does not have adequate space to plant , Easy Working With Cordless Lawn Mowers ladybug attracting plants, , The Heralded Teak Furniture Manufacturer: Kingsley-Bate you can purchase ladybugs from numerous websites on the internet , The Heralded Teak Furniture Manufacturer: Kingsley-Bate and most nurseries. Before releasing them into your garden, , Automate Your Lawn Work here are a few tips , Seeding Your Lawn, Laid Bare to help ensure that the ladybugs stay where you want them:

1. Release ladybugs near infested plants , Backyard Ponds after sun , 10 Landscaping Design Ideas To Enhance Your Home Garden down or before sun , No Dig Gardens - How to Build One up. They navigate by the sun , Vegetable Garden Layout and are most likely to stay put in the evenings and early mornings.

2. Water , Composting for Kids the area where you are going to release the ladybugs. They will appreciate the drink and the moisture , Easy Working With Cordless Lawn Mowers on the leaves will help the ladybugs to "stick"¬Ě on the plants. , Cast Aluminum Furniture If released in a dry garden, , Annuals - 5 Easy To Grow Flowers the ladybugs will most likely fly off in search of a drink instead of sticking around to eat.

3. In the warmer months, chill the ladybugs in the refrigerator before releasing them. This will not harm the ladybugs and they tend to crawl more in colder temperatures , Organic Gardening - The Pros And Cons rather than fly away.

Another way to attract ladybugs to your garden , Metal Benches is to place , Easy Working With Cordless Lawn Mowers several ladybug habitation boxes around your garden. , Order Flowers Online Fill the boxes with organic , Composting for Kids material such as peat or compost , Rubber Pond Liners to encourage ladybugs to roost and lay eggs inside , Give a Bird a Home; Leave a Legacy the box. In addition, the habitation box also provides protection for the ladybugs in the winter , Edible Flowers months.

To further promote ladybug populations, consider cutting back on spraying insecticides in your garden. , Art Ideas -- How to Make Your Planters Into Beautiful Garden Art Ladybugs are sensitive to most synthetic insecticides and if the majority of their food , Rubber Pond Liners source is gone, they will not lay their eggs and therefore will not continue to populate.

Here are some interesting ladybug facts:

- There are nearly 5,000 different kinds of ladybugs worldwide , The Heralded Teak Furniture Manufacturer: Kingsley-Bate and 400 which live in North America.

- A female ladybug will lay more than 1000 eggs in her lifetime.

- A ladybug beats its wings 85 times a second when it flies.

- A gallon jar will hold from 72,000 to 80,000 ladybugs.

- Ladybugs make a chemical that smells and tastes terrible so that birds , Give a a Home; Leave a Legacy and other predators won't eat them.

- The spots on a ladybug fade as the ladybug gets older.

- Ladybugs won't fly if the temperature , Halfway Through Summer - Are We Having Fun Yet is below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

- The ladybug is the official state insect of Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Tennessee.

As you can see, the ladybug is one of the most effective and economically important insects to have in your garden. , Hydroponics ing - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 7) - Hard Water In some cultures, seeing ladybugs in gardens , Benches indicates a bountiful harvest, an indication of good weather , Give Your Plants the Finger or a good luck omen. Create an alluring environment , Lawn Care Business Owners - Don't Buy Yourself A Job for ladybugs and they are sure to provide charm and pest , Seeding Your Lawn, Laid Bare control in your garden , Landscape Lighting for years to come.
Lesley Dietschy is a freelance writer and the creator/editor of The Home , Give a Bird a ; Leave a Legacy Decor Exchange and the Home , Watering Your Lawn & Garden , Rugged Outdoor Elegance: All Weather Indoor / Outdoor Rugs Exchange. The Home , Painted Adirondack Chairs-The Perfect Addition to Any or Garden Decor Exchange is a popular home , Painted Adirondack Chairs-The Perfect Addition to Any or Garden and garden , Backyard Ponds website featuring resources, articles, decorating , Location, Location, Location: Where to Put Your Water Garden pictures, free projects, and a shopping marketplace. The Home , Easy Working With Cordless Lawn Mowers & Garden , No Dig s - How to Build One Exchange website is a link exchange program and directory dedicated to the home , Annuals - 5 Easy To Grow Flowers and garden , Landscaping - Maintaining A Landscaped industry, as well as offering free website content and promotional ideas. Please visit both websites for all of your home, , Annuals - 5 Easy To Grow Flowers garden, , Easy Working With Cordless Lawn Mowers and website needs.

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