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Never buy ladybugs on sale

Yesterday, I bought a carton of ladybugs at the nursery. They’re supposed to be good for the garden and they were on sale so I decided to try it. The package said it contained 1,500 ladybugs. The top was vented so they could breathe and I could see some movement inside. You’re supposed to release them in the evening when they’re less likely to fly away. Oh right…they have wings… they can fly. But out of 1,500, if half flew away, I’d be in ladybug heaven. So last night, I slowly opened the carton to let them go, afraid they’d all make a run for it. But no. They were in one sticky mass in the bottom of the carton, not moving much, resembling a giant meatball. So I shook the carton and spread them around my garden (mostly in lumps) and then night fell.

This morning, I went out with my camera expecting to spend the whole day taking ladybug pictures as they filled the air, flying from flower to flower in my magical garden. How would I decide which ones to shoot? ย It was an easy decision – I found two. What happened? Where did they go? ย 1,498 ladybugs gone! How do I know the one on the daisy was from the box? Maybe he flew in from next door. Hey, isn’t he missing some spots? ย Never buy ladybugs on sale. They must have been seconds.

9 Responses

  1. Rhonda says:

    I youtubed and googled and this is what I found, because I was a bit confused myself and I use to sing it as a child…lol…maybe that’s why I like ladybugs ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. sister dearest says:

    “Ladybug, Ladybug, fly away home, your house is on fire and your children will burn.”
    Did I get it right? Isn’t that horrid little jingle what we used to sing when we let the lady bug go after we captured it for a while?

    • Jenny says:

      I think it’s “your children are alone.” Nothing like a children’s nursery rhyme that denotes images of your children on fire… yikes!

  3. Terri McKeeman says:

    Jenny, come to my house and I’ll give you all you need… I can’t get rid of the damn and I don’t have a garden so I find them to be pesty critters..

  4. Rhonda says:

    Jenny, I love ladybugs. I’ve even thought of getting a small tattoo of a ladybug, but haven’t yet. Sorry you didn’t get to enjoy picture time all day with ladybugs everywhere. Who knows maybe they will show up and surprise you flying everywhere in you attractive garden you have. If I were a ladybug I would stick around and enjoy the view…

    I just got home from my sister’s house and in her tent by the pool there were a few ladybugs trapped inside and of course I had to rescue them. I couldn’t stand seeing them trapped trying to get out, so I freed them ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. sue says:

    Wow!! I didn’t even know that you could buy butterflies? By the way, what did you barbeque this weekend!! I had company Thurs, Fri and Sat. and I made honey bbq chicken on the grill, philly gourmet turkey burgers and turkey franks, sweet corn on the cob, baked potatoes, green beans, and for desert, because I worked Thursday, I bought frozen yogurt and ice cream cones. Nobody ate them Thursday night, but Friday they endulged!! ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Sherri says:

    Great post!
    It’s strange really… I have ladybugs all over the place, in the yard, in my home, even inside my pick-up truck, even between the window panes and the screens. Guess mine weren’t seconds, yet I have never purchased a single one! lol
    I’ve never counted my ladybugs, but the truth be told… I’ve come to count on them being here! It must be a southern thing!

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