We love ladybugs

What is it about beetles that make them so darned cute?  Is it their shape or their color? Or the way they move with those little legs churning away under that bubblelike shell? Each winter, we have scores of ladybugs come out of hiding and make themselves at home inside the house. We feed them. We sprinkle water near them to drink and watch them fly spirals under the lights at night. If it’s warm enough, we encourage them to go outside and find some aphids, scale insects or other pests.

Indoor ladybug on a glass.
Indoor ladybug on the lip of a glass. This one circumnavigated the rim over and over and over.

Ladybug on the sidewalk.
Ladybug outside on the sidewalk.

Ladybug noir

Spotted this nearly spotless ladybug on the front door. The way the shadows fell around it reminded me of old those richly moody Humphrey Bogart movies with lots of darkness, ceiling fans and Venetian blinds.

It’s hard not to love beetles, even underexposed ones.

FOUND THE LIGHT -- This lady bug travels the path of light.

SPOTLESS -- Well, except for that beauty mark on its right shoulder.

UPDATE – More spring. Insect edition.

Ladybugs/Lady beetles are frequent house guests. Their numbers are down from three years ago. Instead of hundreds, we see maybe a few dozen congregate beetles twice a year.

Our local extension entomologist, Dr. John Hopkins, has ID’d the little insect as a furniture and carpet beetle. It will eat you out of house and home. Eeeeew.

Ladybug munching on a frosted Cheerio
Who doesn't like frosted Cheerios?

Mystery insect
Lock up your fabric, furniture and carpets. This one-eighth-of-an-inch long guy has a big appetite.