The Asian lady beetle (not to be confused with the indigenous American ladybug) is an invasive species of theCoccinellidaefamily introduced into the United States in 1988 for the purpose of reducing native aphid populations. Since 1988, they have spread throughout North America, in most places displacing the native ladybug populations to become the dominant Coccinellidae beetle. Because of their destruction of plant life and their aggressive tendency to bite, Asianlady beetles are commonly considered a nuisance pest.
That photo above I took of a Minnie Winnie (not ours) that is parked in our driveway.... but our Lazy Daze is equally infested.
Another outside photo of the darned things...
Inside... on our screen door....
More than 30 years ago Bill actually bought a package of ladybugs to help control aphids and other pests on the farm. He was certified organic and used whatever methods it took to grow crops without chemicals.
Now, as the blurb from Wikipedia states, these guys were introduced and they have decided to take over.
They seem to like white or light colored surfaces. Our motorhome attracts them as did the khaki pants I had on yesterday. They love sunshine.... but tend to creep into hidden spots and emerge for months afterwards.
We didn't even open the car doors yesterday.... but today, as we were running our errands we were constantly opening the windows to let these guys out.
I suppose we infested the whole county by the time we got back home.
More of these...
They stink really bad... someone recently was complaining about stinkbugs... hey, stink bugs are nothing compared to these guys! Before we "left home" and still had cats, the cats wouldn't even touch these guys... they just aren't palatable even to cats.
The temps today started out as 50*... got down into the 40's.... then in mid-afternoon got to 61*... so it wasn't really very warm today.
But... the sun was shining... and these guys really loved it!
There is a huge pile of them laying at the base of the door in the barn.... I don't know their lifespan, but these guys weren't there when we left 2 weeks ago... now the pile numbers in the hundreds.
Do you have them where you're at?
We're thinking we'll be heading back to Texas next week... I suppose we'll take a whole herd of them with us and invade the whole state of Texas.....