Ladybugs?

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Slowmodem, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. Slowmodem

    Slowmodem New Member

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    I thought I'd do a quick check of my hive this afternoon since it was ~60F. I wanted to see if they had found the sugar I had placed on the newspaper (they haven't). What I did find was some ladybugs that had taken up residence inside the telescoping top and the inner cover. They weren't inside the hive. Did they just find a warm place to winter over? Should I be concerned? The bees don't seem to be doing anything about them (they're still down in the lower deep).
     

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  2. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Serve an eviction notice on them, they will find other places to over winter.
     

  3. gunsmith

    gunsmith New Member

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    Those look like Asian lady beetles. We get an infestation of them up here every 5 or 6 years. They don't do much damage, but get in everywhere-and I mean everywhere. We kill 8 to 10 of them every day in the house. I haven't looked in my hives for them. Been too cold.
     
  4. Zulu

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    They are beneficial bugs, Are sold to gardners every year to keep aphids at bay.

    Fewer aphids mean better blooms and thus more pollen and nectar.

    So I would welcome them.

    As to answer the question, yes they were looking for a sheltered winter spot.
     
  5. gunsmith

    gunsmith New Member

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    :goodpost:
    You are right Zulu. The ones I see outside, I leave alone.
    The ones that sneak into the house, however, are a different matter :lol:
     
  6. tecumseh

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    the picture of the lady bugs looks quite varied when it come to color. are they all the same species?
     
  7. Slowmodem

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    I think they are Asian Ladybugs. From what I read, they do come in a variety of colors.
     
  8. tecumseh

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    I find them as well up here. Not thinking they could harm anything I have tended to leave them alone. Hey, we all look for a place to keep warm this time of year up here in the "tundra". :mrgreen:
     
  10. Zookeep

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    Down here we tend not to kill anything that eats other bugs, being that we have so many (unless they kill the girls then I use a big hammer), I would just leave them be they pose no threat to the hive at all
     
  11. letitbee

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    I wish they would kill SHBs, then we'd be on to something!
     
  12. barry42001

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    bear in mind that some species ( don't know which )are vegatarians and as destructive as the other insects your looking to get rid of.