We have had some excitement this past week regarding a ladybug and Ivy Lou in my bedroom.
For days I thought the insect on the ceiling was a spider. It was hard to make out what it was from that distance. Then last night I figured out that it was a ladybug.
I’ve always liked ladybugs. I guess if I had to pick my favorite bug, it would in fact be a ladybug. (Never really considered this actually).
When my youngest daughter was in first grade and playing T-ball, I was the assistant coach. And it was my idea to name our team The Ladybugs.
To appease Ivy, I got my yardstick and gently knocked it down from the ceiling mid-week. This was before I knew what it was. It fell behind a dresser so she couldn’t get to it.
The next day, it had crawled back up the wall and was on the ceiling once again.
That is unless it has invited a cadre of relatives inside my apartment to party.
Ivy Is Focused On This Ladybug:
It has driven Ivy crazy. She has tried to climb the walls and my quilts thumb-tacked to the wall in the bedroom. The ladybug will often make its way over to my quilts.
Occasionally the ladybug will crawl down the wall a bit. This gets Ivy very excited because she seems to sense it might crawl right down to her level.
Which would mean she would own it and it wouldn’t bode well for the ladybug.
But the ladybug seems to like it best around the window where my house plants are located.
Ladybugs Are Beneficial In The Garden:
Also known as lady beetles or ladybird beetles, ladybugs are considered beneficial insects in the garden. They are predators to many known garden insect pests.
Adult ladybugs can consume around 5000 aphids in their lifetime.
The Ladybug Is Also A Friend To House Plants:
They are also friends of indoor plants. Though I don’t plan to set a bag of them loose in my apartment.
To order them, I think the minimal amount is 1500. Imagine that many ladybugs in my 725 square foot apartment.
Other pests ladybugs eat include but are not limited to: Spider mites, mealybugs, whiteflies, and scale insects. Some say they also take care of fungus gnats.
But I’m not going to encourage my ladybug to go outside. Poor Ivy will just have to put up with it unless it dies or flies outside. Or she finally catches it.
Have you ever seen a ladybug inside your home?