Never a dull moment around CW headquarters. Our lovely office administrator/occasional cover model Chelsie received a shipment of ladybugs this morning. Apparently the cute little insects are ideal gardening aids, eating up nasty aphids and other pests. According to Hirt's Gardens in Wadsworth, Oklahoma (the origin of Chelsie's shipment), if ladybugs settle down each adult can eat 5,000 aphids, then lay up to 1,500 tiny yellow eggs! The eggs then hatch into "black alligator-like larvae," which can eat another 400 aphids!
Shortly after photographing the ladybugs, we learned that after purchase ladybugs must be bathed in cold water and refrigerated. We're happy to announce the ladybugs are safe, sound and ready to get down to business.
And that's your insect lesson of the day.