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Post  TexasTracy 4/7/2012, 12:13 pm

I'm so excited! Was at the feed store today to get some Neem for what appear to be spider mites around my green beans when I thought to ask if they carried ladybugs and sure enough, they did. So tonight I will put them out and give them a chance to work their magic. Maybe I won't need to use the Neem afterall.

Apparently my brain IS retaining the information that I have been getting from this forum Very Happy. Thanks so much to all of you!

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Post  jjlonsdale 4/9/2013, 1:05 pm

Tracy, what feed store? I'm trying to find a place to buy ladybugs, but I'm in North Dallas.
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Post  iiiigardener 4/9/2013, 1:51 pm

Calloway's carries ladybugs - check to be sure they are in stock before you drive over. There is one in Plano and one in McKinney.
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Post  jjlonsdale 4/9/2013, 2:50 pm

Nice! Thanks!
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Post  quiltbea 4/9/2013, 3:09 pm

If you don't want them all to fly away, you should keep them contained over a plant or two covered with netting or light-weight row cover for about 3 days so they know its their neighborhood.
I got some once and within a couple hours they had all flown away.
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Post  Windmere 4/9/2013, 5:18 pm

@quiltbea wrote:If you don't want them all to fly away, you should keep them contained over a plant or two covered with netting or light-weight row cover for about 3 days so they know its their neighborhood.
I got some once and within a couple hours they had all flown away.

Hey there QB,

I love your tip about how to teach lady bugs where their new neighborhood is. I always thought buying lady bugs would be a waste if they most likely would all fly away. Your method makes sense. I plan on using it!!

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Post  sanderson 11/12/2021, 4:11 pm

I have a lot of ladybug pupae on the pineapple sage. The sage is losing it's leaves and I want to save the pupae. Can I remove those leaves and pile them under the plant to over winter? I've only experienced one winter when the temps dropped down to 19*F.

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Post  sanderson 11/12/2021, 8:37 pm

I received an answer from another site.  
Ladybugs only stay in the pupal stage for about 15 days. They won't overwinter as pupa. They will be adults after that, and will overwinter just fine on their own.

I will still go ahead and remove them and their leaves and place under the pineapple sage any way.  Maybe they want to winter there, or maybe they want to move to another location.

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