Monday, November 15, 2010

Mistaken Identity

In my last post, I talked about how we were being invaded by Ladybugs.  Apparently, I was mistaken about their identity.  Shannon from Southern Grits and Tidbits left this comment: Actually only the red ones are ladybugs. The orange ones were brought to the US by the USDA to eat other bugs. They do bite.


Wow!  I had no idea.  I just didn't realize there was a difference.  So the picture you see above is an actual Ladybug.  The picture below is what has invaded my home, they are called Asian Lady Beetles.  They are an  orange color.


The Asian Ladybeetles were first introduced in 1916 and then twice more after that.  They were brought in for different biological control programs.  I am always wondering WHY they bring in things that aren't native to our country?  Seriously, do we need more bugs?  Fire ants were brought in from South America.  I sure don't like those bugs!  And Kudzu from Japan.  I know, not a bug, but still not native, and it almost ate the last town I lived in.

Mitchell told us last week that a ladybug had bitten him.  We told him we didn't think Ladybugs bit people.  But, what we didn't know at the time was that Asian Lady Beetles do! 

I love learning new things.  Thanks Shannon for letting me know they are different from Ladybugs!

14 comments:

Mildred said...

That is very interesting. Thanks to you and Shannon for sharing.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

I didn't know that either! We have had invasions of those Asian bugs as well!

nannykim said...

wow so interesting!

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Carol/Firecrackerkid said...

OMGosh, I didn't know that! That's what we had in our home too. Yep, they were orange for sure. Boy, I learn something new everyday. Thanks Shannon and thank you Nancy for sharing this and setting us straight. Darn:)

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

Wow! I didn't know there was a difference...so when I've been brave and picked up one of those little orange ones, thinking it was a lady bug....well, I may have to go to extreme measures the next time and get out the fly swatter!!! :o)

~Beth

Mommie Daze said...

I have no idea there was a difference. We get those in our house every Fall.

Homemom3 said...

ewwww. Okay so we had the asian ones too. Do we know why they invade the home in the way they do then? Now I'll be spooked by those bugs all the time, thankfully we are in a new state and home.

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Tatersmama said...

Ummm... we used to gather (shovel) ladybugs for our local ag group and a few nurseries, and when they're in masses, they DO bite!

We had a spot up the crick from us where they bred, and we could easily fill a dozen burlap sacks at a time! I hated to take a shower afterwards, because I hated the thought of drowning the poor little things - so I would take my clothes off and dance around the yard, shaking them out of my hair!!! Thank goodness we had no neighbors, eh? ;)

Paula said...

Wow- learn something new every day... I didn't know that either!!

Mel said...

I didnt know that. Thats good to know. Thanks for sharing.

Abbi said...

They also stink!!! Our house was invaded a couple of years ago and when you vaccumm them all up at once you will start to notice a stinky smell. From what I remember, if they land in water I think they let off a bit of oil (this coming from my bad memory). They do stink though

Kristie said...

We get invaded by these too, though we just call them ladybugs (knowing that they're not-it's just easier to remember 'ladybug').

Tipper said...

Nancy-they are here too! My brother has a terrible problem with them-and yes they do bite! I think they like houses that get a lot of sunshine-mine doesn't and so far we don't have them. If I see one I go on a rampage of looking for more-I'm so paranoid about getting them : )