Ladybugs in the top of the hive
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    Default Ladybugs in the top of the hive

    I thought I'd do a quick check of my hive this afternoon since it was ~60F. I wanted to see if they had found the sugar I had placed on the newspaper (they haven't). What I did find was some ladybugs that had taken up residence inside the telescoping top and the inner cover. They weren't inside the hive (under the inner cover). Did they just find a warm place to winter over? Should I be concerned? The bees don't seem to be doing anything about them (they're still down in the lower deep).

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    Default Re: Ladybugs in the top of the hive

    the bees down low at the start of winter is good. as far as the ladybugs they are no problem. you have 100x more in the siding of your house. good luck.

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    Default Re: Ladybugs in the top of the hive

    Are they black "ladybugs"?

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    Lady bugs might kill your aphids in the hive experiment. See if you can train them to take on small hive beetles in battles to the death!
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    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    Are they black "ladybugs"?
    From research I've done this evening, I think they're Asian Ladybugs. Some are red and some are more of a butterscotch color. I think they look dark because of a bad camera and it was getting dark.
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    >Did they just find a warm place to winter over?

    Yes.

    >Should I be concerned?

    No.

    >I think they're Asian Ladybugs.

    They are. Don't let them land on you and stay. They bite.
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    They also stink very bad when squashed. Around my area they are a big nuisence. I have been told that the conservation department got them started to help eat aphids off soy beans but when the beans are havested they head for peoples houses.

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    Default Re: Ladybugs in the top of the hive

    Yes, Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetles.

    I remember the year they showed up in my area. 1987. The year my youngest was born. I found the first I'd seen in a bee yard under some tarpaper wrapped feeder shells. Never individuals, always clusters or colonies. Very different from the old lady bug lady bug fly away home variety.

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