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nattie33
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posted July 21, 2007 07:52 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know if this is the right forum for this. But when we first moved in my house in Maine in the middle of a very cold winter we had ladybugs. Has anyone else experienced this?

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Azalaksh
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posted July 21, 2007 08:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Azalaksh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Inside the house??

We have ladybird beetles here in the fall..... they carpet the south (sunny) side of my house and bask in the sunlight.....

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nattie33
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posted July 21, 2007 10:01 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes they were inside the house.It was weird because we moved in december and the house hadn't been heated until that point.i still see a random one here and there but only in the winter

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posted July 21, 2007 10:48 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ladybugs in the middle of a New England winter??? Very strange!

Recently, i had a dream that one landed on my shoulder. Unsure of what that means.

And i remember one year there was a problem with them in my area and they covered the window screens and sills of my apt....
that was spring or summertime though.

Maybe search on google for ladybug totem animal to see if there is a message in there for you.

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nattie33
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posted July 21, 2007 11:26 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you i will try that. I thought it was weird. especially because i don't see them in the spring or summer

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posted July 22, 2007 03:38 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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nattie33
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posted July 22, 2007 09:41 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you artlovesdawn this is getting interesting

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lotusheartone
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posted July 22, 2007 01:28 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Nattie33, How are you?

Here's a link for Animal Totems...
http://montanadreams.net/symbology/animals/anim_1.html

When you moved in and turned the Heat up, they simply woke up, hehe, I find them to be a very lucky symbol, and they are wonderful for the garden, we have an overabundance here in NH, from people buying them by the 1000's, for their gardens.

LOve and Reverence to ALL. ...

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nattie33
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posted July 22, 2007 02:14 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank You Lotus!

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lotusheartone
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posted July 23, 2007 01:16 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You're Welcome, Nattie33!

LOve and Reverence to ALL. ...

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Randall
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posted November 23, 2007 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They are all over the inside here as well. Sometimes they piggyback ride on me, and I don't know until later in the day.

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posted November 24, 2007 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I feel like they are a good sign.

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posted November 27, 2007 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can see their shadows as they crawl on the inside of my windows.

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posted March 08, 2008 10:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saved a ladybug from a spider the other day. A very angry spider.

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posted March 09, 2008 05:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know spiders have to eat, but not my ladybugs.

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posted March 09, 2008 06:21 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
K, Randall I'm curious to know...
How did you know the spider was very angry?

Also was this before or after you jacked his dinner?

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nattie33
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posted March 11, 2008 02:15 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It wouldn't be winter in Maine without ladybugs. We had them again this year

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posted March 11, 2008 11:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The little spider moved erratically and lunged at me! It was a bit upset. At least it lived to see another day and another meal. I rescue ladybugs, but I don't skill spiders--not even the ones that think they can fight me. LOL

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posted March 12, 2008 04:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tulipfaerie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is bizarre. There are loads of ladybirds in my kitchen - in the middle of a British winter. Very weird. I don't mind them though - I hope they symbolise luck!

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nattie33
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posted April 09, 2008 07:18 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There back. I know it's spring in most places but it's still cold here and we have a couple of feet of snow. We only seem to get them in the cold weather.

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posted April 17, 2008 08:44 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ladybugs, or ladybirds hibernate in their millions under snow, or under tree bark. they will also use the same places year after year. sounds like they are hibernating near/in your houses somewhere. they are great natural pest control for food crops and flowers. in Germany they are something of a good luck symbol, and rightly so, they are goodies of the insect world, and so pretty!

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posted May 11, 2008 03:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had one ride on my windshield to the mall and back home.

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posted July 19, 2008 02:08 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Found this on ladybugs http://www.ladybuglady.com/asianladybeetle.htm


The Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle (Harmonia Axyridis) now makes its home in the United States. A native of Asia, this beneficial ladybug was imported in the early 1900's to help naturally control pest populations that were damaging such crops as alfalfa, pecan and citrus trees.
Over the past 15 years, USDA, the Forestry Commission, state and private agencies have released this ladybug in several locations in the Northeastern part of the US. The beneficial aspects of this ladybug have been quite useful in reducing the need for pesticides and have relieved the hardwood forests of many disease carrying aphids, mites and scale insects.
The Asian Lady Beetle is much like the native species found through the United States. They are small, hemispherical in shape, and can be found with and without spots. Their colors may vary from red, and orange to a dull cream. However, unlike the native species, this ladybug can be quite aggressive. Masses of ladybugs have been known to swarm and even bite when seeking shelter for the winter months. In this regard, they have been an unwelcome guest for homeowners that don't find them to be good luck at all, but rather a nuisance.

The multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle goes through four stages in its life cycle. Female adult lady beetles lay eggs on plants near colonies of aphids, mites and scale insects. Yellow eggs are laid in clusters of varying numbers. After 3-7 days, the larva hatch out and begin searching for food. A larva will molt about four times (or shed its outer layer of skin) as it grows. Sometimes after the last molt, the larva will attach itself to the plant, becoming immobile as it is now in the pupa. Depending on the environmental factors, the new lady beetle will emerge from the case. It will look wet, shiny and often gold-ish in color. The ladybug is very vulnerable during this time, as it waits for the exoskeleton to harden and dry revealing its true colors and markings.

Research Entomologists have been working diligently on methods to prevent ladybugs from entering the home and on ways to safely and effectively capture them once inside. Fortunately, ladybugs are not structure damaging insects. They will not eat home materials and will not lay eggs inside the home. Yet, if disturbed, the ladybug will stress, releasing a yellow, smelly substance from their joints. this is known as "reflex bleeding". It is a defensive mechanism for the insect to defend itself from predators.
The best preventative is to caulk cracks and crevices around doors and windows, pipes that enter the house and replace or repair damaged clap boards. Once ladybugs penetrate the home, they typically return year after year, knowing this was a good site to rest. Pheromones released by past ladybugs are detected by future generations. Also, the color of a home and the location are important factors. They tend to chose light colored homes that are nestled in forest or wooded areas.



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posted August 12, 2008 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw a ladybug flying dangerously close to a spider web, so I shued it away. It flew back there again, so I did it again. Then I went inside to go on the computer, and the ladybug had piggybacked on my shoulder. Then it crawled on my chest. And then on my face. Then it flew on top of my computer tower. It flew away after that. I think it must still be in here somewhere. Just wanted to share. It tickled while on my face.

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posted August 27, 2008 05:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for charmainec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ladybugs are generally good omens and also symbolize protection

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