The Ladybugs are beneficial insects especially for healthy gardens. Children and adults were invited to participate with Smithsonian horticulturists in releasing 9,000 ladybugs. Most people fail to realize how Ladybugs help to control leaf-eating aphids and act as natural pesticide for plants without any chemicals.
At the National Museum of the American Indian, during the Living Earth Festival, which includes live music, dance performances, crafts and storytelling for families, a Native cooking competition, beading demonstrations, workshops on how to make cheese, a farmers market with local produce and wild game.
The Smithsonian Gardens are located around all of the museums and throughout the National Mall in Washington, DC. They are opened year –round, seven days a week, with beautiful displays in every season. They even have a victory vegetable garden such as great grandparents had during WWII.
One ladybug can eat as many as 50 to 60 aphids per day. Aphids (also called plant lice) are herbivores and are one of the worst groups of pests on plants. They feed in colonies and damage plants by sucking the juice out of the leaves, stems, or roots.
Aphids also transmit many plant diseases from one plant to another. Apart from aphids, ladybugs eat a variety of other insects and larvae including white flies, mealy bugs, spider mites, and other types of soft-bodied insects. Ladybugs require a source of pollen for food; these bugs are attracted to certain types of plants.
Here are some interesting ladybug facts:
• There are nearly 5,000 different kinds of ladybugs worldwide with 400, which live in North America.
• Ladybugs make a chemical, which smells and tastes bad to keep birds and predators away.
• Young ladybugs are almost very black, but the older they get their wings turn red.
• Ladybugs have always been popular; they are a symbol of good luck and good fortune.
• Ladybugs will not fly if the temperature is below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
• The ladybug is the official state insect of the Delaware, New Hampshire, Mass. Ohio and Tenn.
• A ladybug beats its wings 85 times a second when it flies.
Create an alluring environment for the ladybugs and they will provide interest and pest control in your garden for years to come. The ladybug is an effective and economically efficient insect to have in any garden; whether, it would be flowers or vegetables. Seeing the ladybug is good luck and bountiful a harvest.