Sunday afternoon a whole swarm of ladybugs came to call. It was the coolest thing and apparently not an uncommon phenomenon for a warm fall day. But I’d never seen anything like it. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, knower of all nature, garden, and moon trivia, a ladybug swarm is not a predictor of oncoming crazy winter weather or good luck (boo), but merely beetles looking for a warm place to hibernate. Apparently they chose us.
They crawled all over our front porch, up the side of the house toward the attic opening in the eaves.
I imagine our attic is filled with ladybugs this morning. So far, they haven’t come into the house. I read that can be a big problem.
I also read these are not true ladybugs but are Multi-Colored Asian Lady Beetles. According to the University of Arkansas Agriculture Department (my go-to local source for all garden related questions), these little ladies eat tons of aphids and other garden pests. They are attracted to light-colored houses which explains why they were on our house and not the neighbors on either side. That, and they knew I’d blog about them.
I scoped it live. If you’d care to watch my dorky video and hear me say, “they’re everywhere!” a zillion times, I’ve included it below.
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