Saturday, July 29, 2006

Discovering Lady Beetles

Karmen at Chaotic Utopia has a post about discovering a lady beetle colony on a tree in her front yard. The initial encounter was less than promising.
"One of the reasons I chose my house was the giant maple tree by the front porch. The foliage provides shade and privacy in the summer and a terrific Halloween backdrop in the fall. So, a few weeks ago, when I noticed the tree was infested with something, I was a bit concerned. Ok, maybe that's putting it lightly. I threw science out the window and freaked out. 'The tree's covered with insects! It's gonna die! Ew!! Call somebody! Quick!'"

Eventually, she becomes a close observer of the colony, chronicling its development.

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