Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves. Rudyard Kipling
Fly away home.
Your house is on fire.
And your children all gone.
All except one,
And that's little Ann,
For she crept under
The frying pan.
It is that time of year again.
Time for us to share our homes and barns and cabins with the lady bugs.
The first time they swarmed here in Patrick County I was at my parents, grown but at my parents. I looked out and millions were covering our house. I freaked out. Think horror movie. I called my mom at work and it turned out the entire county had lady bugs swarming.
Since then we have gotten used to sharing our homes. The local newspapers told us not to kill them. It seems we have destroyed too many of the native trees they need to winterize in. So it is up to us to care for them. The bad thing is that many die anyway and you are constantly vacuuming. It can still be a bit frightening to go in an attic too. They will be covering the ceiling completely.
So is this just something that happens in our area or are many of you sharing your homes with the lady bugs every winter? Is it all of North America or just the east?
For sweet, sweet Toonces: