Saturday, July 3, 2010
So, with regards to the baby lady bugs . . . My good friend, Kirsten, proclaimed, "Wait a minute, lady bugs don't have a "baby" stage! But these bugs look so much like ladybugs." I responded, "Maybe I'll call Cooperative Extension here in Fairbanks and ask them." I did call and met with the "insect lady", Diane. She said these "babies" are actually the nymph stage of the stink bug. Ladybugs are actually beetles and not bugs at all. So, naturally, we should all be calling them "lady beetles." Here's a neat link about stink bugs: http://ipm.ncsu.edu/ag271/soybeans/stink_bugs.html When you click on this link you will see why we thought they were ladybeetles. Picture A really looks like a ladybeetle and the "babies" we found are bright red, just like the ladybeetle. We put a leaf under our microscope here at home and these insects look so amazing!