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Ladybugs, also known as ladybirds or lady beetles in some cultures, are considered good luck. Well, unless you are an aphid or spider mite, then not so lucky.
People go crazy for ladybugs. There are a million accessories: costumes, bedding, magnets, garden decor, a swinging chair? Amazingly enough, I even found ladybug navel jewelry! I even found this ladybug sex toy, The Ladybug Tickler (to be clear, this is a sex toy for humans, not for ladybugs. Sorry ladybugs!). If you love ladybugs, there is plenty of great, and even odd things you can collect and fill your life and space with!
I wouldn't say I'm a huge ladybug fanatic myself, so what motives me to buy 500 ladybugs?
The Ladybug Diet
I love to garden and we have collected a number of houseplants. We live in an area where many plants thrive outdoors in the summer months but have to be brought in for cold snowy winters. Having plants summer outdoors means, there is nature on them. Rain, sunlight, and bugs. Bringing strange plants home from wherever they have been rescued from means that there is also a possibility of bugs.
We used to quarantine new plants but have been running out of space, and spider mites can travel!
Because I am a beginner gardener, I make mistakes. It is a learning experience every year, month, and day. Planting calendula with our raspberry bushes this year, I learned that calendula is a great “bait” crop, attracting all sorts of pests and aphids. Dammit. Something I should have looked into before planting… I know for next year.
Our outdoor garden had a few aphids, earwigs (which both Raj and I get creeped out about), and cabbage worms. The indoor plants were losing a battle with spider mites and fungus gnats (likely from commercial potting soil). It turns out that ladybugs eat aphids. Also, ladybugs eat spider mites!
When I noticed the readerboard at a local greenhouse was advertising ladybugs, I started thinking, we should get some… now to convince Raj.
Convincing Raj was surprisingly easy, it was like he wasn't even listening to me, just agreeing. I wasn't about to argue him out of agreeing with me, so I went and bought 500 ladybugs, half for indoors and half for outdoors.
Maybe he was quick to agree because he has some ladybug tendencies: he loves to cuddle and is well… cannibal curious (not an actual human-eater. At least not yet…).
So far the ladybugs are settling in nicely, a few have been relocated to select plants outside. We only have a cool “loveliness” (what a ladybug swarm goes by) of about 200 roommates now.
What would you do if your roommate came home with 200+ bugs for your living room?
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