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Video of the Week: The "Halloween Bug"

Asian ladybug usda photo This week's video concerns Asian ladybugs -- the species Harmonia axyridis. These ladybugs are a headache for homeowners because they like to spend the winter indoors in large clusters, and emit a foul stench if they are disturbed. Since their infestation usually occurs in late October, and some of them are more orange than red, they are sometimes referred to as "Halloween Bugs".

Here's a recent article about Asian ladybugs from an Illinois newspaper, and here's a link to some archived blog entries about Asian ladybugs.

And here's a video of a news report from last year's ladybug invasion in Lawrence, Kansas:

October 31, 2008 in Asian lady beetles, Bugs in the news, Pest horror stories, Video | Permalink

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