Good Question: Why So Many Ladybugs This Year?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Spend any time outdoors and it’s not hard to notice the spike in ladybugs.

Kids love these little beetles because they are harmless, aside from crawling around in your hair.

But why so many this year?

The ladybug, or ladybird beetle. For us humans, the little guy is, for the most part, harmless. However, they can “bite,” which feels like a little pinch, but it’s rare.

The reason you’re seeing more ladybugs this year is because they have more food. Rebecca McMahon of the Sedgwick County Extension Office told me ladybugs and their larvae feed on aphids. Because our past few winters have been mild, aphids have flourished. More aphids, more ladybugs.

You may have also noticed more grasshoppers this season. McMahon told me those little grasshoppers will not be so little in a few months. Unlike ladybugs, grasshoppers can be a problem for gardeners and farmers. Ladybugs, grasshoppers and spiders are all more abundant this year thanks to those mild winters.

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