Ladybug Love!

The ladies have arrived! These are true Ladybugs that were harvested by hand in the higher altitudes of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. A sea of Ladybugs overwinter in these mountains. In the spring they migrate down to the lower altitudes in search of food and water. 4500 of them are now living happily in our greenhouse! These Ladybugs will lay clusters of their yellow eggs on the underside of plant leaves. The larvae that will hatch resembles more of a small alligator than a ladybug and will consume even more bad bugs than an adult. The larvae will pupate and an adult ladybug will emerge (see photo lower right). We are grateful for Mother Nature’s gifts that help us maintain our gardens in a safe and sustainable manner!