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ladybug_deathhead.jpg ladybug image by damitjanet_01 (damitjanet_01 )

(And, although its name is not a killing word, it is being killed….)

They’re baaaack!

The Asian Lady Beetles (Harmonia axyridis) have come out of their winter dormancy and are banging around all the windows and lights inside the house. And driving me crazy. (I know, I know, short drive…aha, ha, ha).

The US Ag Department released large numbers of these buggers in order to help control pecan and apple pests. Apparently, they still maintain that they are not a real problem/threat to native lady beetles:

“Multicolored Asian lady beetles have become a problem in some regions of the United States. It is probable that their introduction into new habitats in the United States freed these lady beetles from some natural population checks and balances that occur within their native Asian range. It is likely that these natural controls will catch up to the lady beetles in time and curtail their booming population. Additionally, a period of time may be required for checks and balances of our native lady beetles to adapt to this newcomer.”

I believe this is called the “wishful thinking” doctrine…

Here’s something I didn’t know about these beetles:

“Asian lady beetles are also becoming a concern of the wine industry. Due to their noxious odor, even small numbers of beetles inadvertently processed along with grapes can taint the flavor of wine.”

One article calls this “their special aroma” which is described as a musky basement smell. I can picture the wine tasting now…”Hmm, it’s a saucy little red with hints of moldy cobwebs in dank corners…”

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