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  ladybug oddities?
From: "Kathy Kempf" wont_read101 at hotmail.com> on 2002.04.26 at 20:27:06(8657)
I am taking part in our local university's study about Multicolored Asian
Lady Beetles. Anybody else in the country/world notice ladybugs acting odd
in the fall? They were released in the midwest several times in the past
couple of decades to try to help control aphids in hardwood forests.
Trouble is, they swarm and try to find places to hibernate. Since they
can't find cliffs as in their native habitat, they are infesting people's
houses by the hundreds or thousands or tens of thousands here in the
American midwest. I know they have penetrated into central Indiana, but not
yet into western New York (Buffalo area).

They also bite, and increasing numbers of people are having allergic
reactions.

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From: Bob Burns bobburns61 at yahoo.com> on 2002.04.27 at 21:16:53(8665)
Hello Kathy!
We have these ladybugs in plenty, or something
very like them, in Georgia. I thought I had heard
they were introduced, originally into FL, to control
aphids in pecan groves; though that makes sense if
they go after them on hardwoods generally. I
understand they are since spreading north and becoming
more abundant. They gather and look for shelter in the
fall where they spend the winter. I certainly have
found clumps of them in the cold weather in sheds,
woodpiles and other sheltered spots, so I guess they
could get into a not-well-sealed cabin or house. And
they do bite at the least disturbance.
Bob Burns
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From: "Celeste Whitlow" politicalamazon at charter.net> on 2002.04.29 at 15:03:20(8673)
Well, isn't that a kick in the pants! They introduce a lady bug that will
bite? The same brain trust that decided to introduce the mongoose to Hawaii
must have been in charge of this ladybug decision.

--Celeste

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