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Sunday, October 19, 2003


The Asian lady beetles are so thick around here, you can’t even go outside without being swarmed by them. They get in the house when you open the door to come inside. And, they bite. I first noticed them about six years ago. Or maybe it was the year before six years ago. They are really bad this year.

They look similar to lady bugs. But, they’re not. This particular variety of bug was imported from China to kill the aphids that feed on soybeans. Now that the soybeans are drying up and ready for harvest, the bugs come looking for food in town. I’d love to know whose brilliant idea this was.

See, Pharos-Tribune: Beetle mania.

Posted by Marie at October 19, 2003 3:52 PM


Every fall I get beetles throughout the basement, which around here we call ladybugs. They also accumulate in the overhead halogen light in my kitchen where the heat causes them to smolder and burn. The smoke detector once went off because of one burning. But ours don't bite. I always thought they were innocuous.

Posted by: Kem White at October 19, 2003 7:13 PM