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Where did they go ?

Postby CdnChelsea » Oct 11, 2012 8:06 am


There were no Asian lady bugs this year. Not even one anywhere. I did see a few red lady bugs though.

I sure don't miss them but I am curious to find out why they disappeared.

Does anyone know?

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Re: Where did they go ?

Postby kelly_m » Oct 11, 2012 9:28 am

maybe the japanese beetles ate them....... :twisted:
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Re: Where did they go ?

Postby bluebird » Oct 11, 2012 9:46 am

I read somewhere that the Asian ladybugs are declining due to some kind of fungus disease. Not sure if it also attacks the native species?
I saw one of the Asian varieties with the orange legs yesterday, but all the other ladybugs I've seen in the garden this summer have been native species...so that's at least positive.
No Japanese Beetles here as yet...she said, knocking loudly on wood!!!
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Re: Where did they go ?

Postby bluewillow » Oct 11, 2012 11:06 am

Now that you mention these ladybugs CC i don't remember seeing any this year. Last year we had hundreds and some managing to get indoors. Hopefully they will not return and that our good red bugs return in abundance.
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Re: Where did they go ?

Postby CdnChelsea » Oct 12, 2012 6:48 am


Do you have Japanese beetles in you area, Kelly?
No Japanese beetles here thank goodness. Maybe they think it's not worth attacking one lone rose bush. I would like to plant some rugosa roses but I do worry I would lose them to those nasty Japanese beetles.

The only reason I noticed there were no Asian ladybugs is because the other day I saw a red one walking on my kitchen window and it reminded me of those horrible biting orange ones. I'm glad they are gone.

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Re: Where did they go ?

Postby kelly_m » Oct 12, 2012 6:57 pm

Hordes of them. For a coupleo f years now.

major cause of grub damage too, this time of year.

best thing to do....for those with them...USE JAPANESE BEETKE TRAPS!!!! They are amazingly effective....the more adults you trap the less grubs in your lawn.....
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Re: Where did they go ?

Postby Heidi S » Oct 13, 2012 12:00 am

Ha Ha, laughed myself silly last spring at work when I opened a box that I was supposed to load onto the shelf - Japanese Beetle Traps. Well, I had never heard of Japanese beetles so I looked it up on the government website.

Hello buyers? we don't have Japanese beetles in BC - didn't anyone tell you people that down there in the big shiny purchasing department? How do I know? Like I said, I had to look it up, but it was easy to find out....

So, that is the problem with big box stores - you can't stock them all with the same stuff - we can't sell things aimed at a problem we don't have...
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Re: Where did they go ?

Postby kelly_m » Oct 13, 2012 1:22 pm

hahaha!! Too funny!! Oh My!!! yup...gotta love big box stores!!

Being a small store...we can call up the supplier and order new ones in day!!!
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