Invasion of the ladybirds
by Alan Harten
August 4, 2009
The ladybird is often described as a cute youthful bug that is welcome in most gardens, but this description might alter a little bit as millions of ladybugs have infested parts of Norfolk and Somerset overtaking gardens by the billions.
In fact, the multitudes of insects invaded the areas so rapidly that some people ran for cover as the fields of Cromer were attacked. Those in the areas found that their clothes were covered with the ladybirds, and not because they were wearing a print.
In fact, in Chard, Somerset, it is estimated that there has been an influx of over ten million ladybirds over farmlands.
Eco-roofing is thought to be the cause of the recent infestation, a grass like matting that covers roofs to reflect heat. The ladybugs clamour to these areas because the roofs attract ladybirds’ prey, aphids that are also looking for food.
The weather can also be blamed for the infestation as it has provided the perfect breeding conditions for aphids which of course results in drawing more ladybirds to the areas and an increase in numbers.
Many people reported that the ladybirds literally coated the entire surface of their cars, clothes, and homes which all ads up to make the current ladybird invasion the worst that the UK has seen since 1976.
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