Ladybirds: It Turns Out They Love Art Deco Too!

Ladybird on leaf

I’ve just found that my art studio (AKA the spare bedroom) is infested with ladybirds (ladybugs). Yes, and they’re Harlequin ladybirds.

As we probably all know by now, Harlequin ladybirds (Harmonia Axyridis) were first found in the UK in 2004; they are carnivorous and have decimated our native species. As well as eating aphids they eat other ladybird eggs, and the eggs and caterpillars of moths and butterflies.

And I absolutely detest ladybirds, all ladybirds whether Harlequin, 3 spot or 7 spot. (Apologies to Our Little Red House in the Country – although I truly admire the ladybirds you have made, I do not share your passion for ladybirds!)

Ladybird Ladybug face
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I hate the way they fly, I hate their hard red shiny shells, I hate their long black lacy wings that they sometimes don’t fold back properly into those shells, I hate the fact that I have witnessed two plagues of them ten years apart when I went to the North Norfolk coast. Witnessed? I didn’t witness the plagues – I was embroiled in them! They were lying in shoals along the seafront, they were crawling on everything in the shops, and when you walked they flew in your eyes, in your mouth, and got lodged in your hair. I DETEST them.

Actually I hate all insects. I know they have their place in the ecosystem and that’s fine so long as they stay well away from me.

What About The Bees?

Yes, I am a massive advocate of bees – but I still don’t want them too close.

Removal

Anyway, I’ve just removed 21 of the ladybirds from the bedroom where they were crawling around the window frames, on the curtains, on the ceilings and embedding themselves in the carpet.

I tried saying:

Ladybird, ladybird fly away home
Your house is on fire and your children are gone

But to no avail. So, all you insect-loving people would be proud of me. I caught them all individually in a spider catcher and walked each one halfway up the garden and released it gently into the flower border.

And now, I’ve found this website UK Safari which says they will probably come back to the house if I haven’t taken them far enough away and they will have released pheromones to attract other ladybirds!

Great.

Two ladybugs facing each other on leaf
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Slug It Out

I’ve also found that slugs have no respect for the art deco or moderne type home either. Last week it was unseasonably warm and sunny for February and I noticed a long shiny trail that wound up and down the wall above the fireplace. Eventually I traced it back to a small slug crawling along the edge of the carpet. Absolutely disgusting!

As someone was removing it from the room for me, I said to it, ‘Surely if you HAVE to come into a house, you’d prefer a redbrick Victorian cottage built in the 1800s?’ Possibly residents of Victorian cottages wouldn’t agree.

Whatever – it just ignored me.

It maybe raised a sardonic eyebrow as it crawled off on its way.


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9 Comments

  1. This is so funny. I hate crickets, locusts, cockroaches (especially the flying kind) flies and mosquitoes…oh, and ants. Wait I forgot cicadas (hope I am spelling that right), they drive me nuts in the summer months with the noises they make all day long. But I can’t help it, lady bugs are so cute to me and I never get them in my garden. I even bought a batch at a garden center and once released they just flew back somewhere else…maybe your place. Please send them back, I had to buy those little pest. Thanks for laugh, great post.

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    1. You BOUGHT them! Oh no, that’s made me feel weak at the thought! I would love to package them all up (or get someone else to do it) and send them over to you but it’s probably against the law!

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  2. Yeah, I think it is against the law. We can’t be passing our bugs around, but what fun that would be. Belize had some pretty freaky looking insects when we were there. I still have nightmares about fly larva that lay eggs in humans. The little worms grow under your skin. I forget what they are called. If you are ever in parts of Central America wear long sleeves and cover every thing. I guess that is why Ladybugs aren’t so bad compared to some of their other relatives. My kids did love our Lady Bugs we bought and were so upset when they flew away. I not sure how I would feel about them on the level you get them, it does seem like a bit too much. Anyway, thanks for laughs.

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  3. Your ladybird infestation reminds me of the invasion I get every year of box elder bugs. They’re these harmless but super annoying flying beetles and they love my bedroom most of all. They appear every fall and this winter I’ve continually had to squish three to five of them every night before I can go to sleep. I keep wondering how they survive so long? It drives me nuts!

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