Monday, December 28, 2009

The Lifespan of a Ladybug

Yesterday we were moving some things around in the house and Riley found a ladybug. A l-i-v-e ladybug which begged the question - what is the lifespan of a ladybug? He used to have a board book with a page for ladybugs that declared they sleep together in bunches through the winter. Wikipedia gives them between 1 and 2 years. A bug! And they do hibernate, living off their body fat which they plumped up in the fall. And it's a good thing because there is no ladybug food around in our climate at the moment which is mostly made up of aphids and pollen.
Apparently it's not uncommon to find them in your house in the winter, the smart buggers look for warm places to hide but their biggest threat at this time of year is dehydrating. We've scooped this guy/gal into a dixie cup with some paper towel shavings and are trying to keep a little piece moist. I don't know if he'll make it through the next five months, or if I'm going to remember to keep him hydrated. But I have to admit it seems almost like a miracle finding this bit of nature in our house at this time of year.

6 comments:

sherry ♥ lee said...

Quite the project you've got there!! I don't know the life span of these critters but they have been around a lot longer this year because of the more mild weather into the fall. I've noticed that they are "paler" too. Good luck with this one!!

Snap said...

Miracles are everywhere! Believe!!!!

oreneta said...

One of the great bonuses of winter in Canada is how absolutely we revere the merest signs of life. The first green grass blades, crocuses might as well be gods we are so happy to see them unveil themselves in the spring.....and a ladybug out of season.

I agree with you completely, quite a miracle.

Beth said...

How come you & Riley find such cute little critters in your home while I find such distasteful creatures in mine? (Spiders, mice...)
That's quite the responsibility you've taken on - nurture, baby, nurture...

John's Arts & Crafts said...

Very good blog! I am happy to hear other like to treat ladybugs well. New blog on the Hx. of the Ladybug: http://historyoftheladybug.blogspot.com/

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