Ladybugapalooza

What may you ask is a ladybugapalooza? I don’t rightly know. Whenever you fill a space with predators it is certain to be a wild time…

2013-10-12 08.32.00This weekend I felt like spending some quality time in some ready to harvest corn. Much to my surprise, I wasn’t alone – there were thousands of ladybugs, Coleomegilla maculata, with me in the corn. The corn was dried up, so any aphids were long gone. There were fungi producing spores, and so maybe they were feeding on them. Coleomegilla maculata is known to be able to complete its life cycle on pollen – maybe they can put on some overwintering fat by eating fungi? Regardless, this wasn’t an overwintering aggregation – unless they can overwinter in a combine…

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