Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Dead Lady Bugs

I've been living with lady bugs for a couple of weeks now. One day they just showed up. Inside the house and out. Mating. Dying. Lying around, some flapping their wings, trying to right themselves. I rescue as many as I can. But most don't make it. It's just too dry in here.

I sweep them in to the dustpan and release them off the deck. Some fly. Some don't.

Occasionally I hear a crunch as I'm walking about. Or take off my fuzzy footies and find one on the bottom and shudder.

Bugsy totally ignores the darned things.

My cousin, Kek, says I have a house full of good luck. What I really have is a house full of dead and dying bugs. Trying to hibernate. And they bite.

But lady bugs biting is another story. For another day.
Ladybug Garden

"Toy Story 3"
Is in the DVD,
Queued and ready to go.

Happy Fall.
Happy November.
Happy NaNoWriMo.

To all my friends writing your little bums off:
Don't forget to take time to live.
To laugh. To cry. To hug your child.
To dance, to sing, to give.

Whatever happened to Leo Sayer, anyway? And ha ha, now you've got him stuck in your head, too.


Roland D. Yeomans said...

Better lady bugs than cockroaches. Down Louisiana way they get big enough to swat flies out of the air!

At least that's what the ghost of Samuel Clemens told me. 'Course he also told me that he saw a Louisiana mosquito take off with a squawling child once. But don't worry, old Samuel just swatted it out of the sky with a stray moonbeam. I think Sam might have sampling old Jim Beam at the time!

dolorah said...

Aw, Roland took my comment.

Lately I have't been fond of any bug; cute, lucky or otherwise. I don't think a bug free world would upset me any.


Blasé said...

They do make that crunchy sound, don't they?

Unknown said...

You have that many ladybirds? I only get to see them when they are out doing the singles cruise, I've never seen more than two in one place. I thought this was an incredible start to a story. I was hooked. I wanted to know about biting bugs.


This is a coincidence, I keep finding DEAD ones in my bedroom, how they get there I don't know yet I never see a live one,


Jules said...

So if they mate and then die, what is the point? :)

It is just the time of year but they are good luck. What a kind soul you are to take them out :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

John's Arts & Crafts said...

Great Blog & photos! New blog on the Hx. of the Ladybug: http://historyoftheladybug.blogspot.com/

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Roland, no kidding!

Donna, I added a Leo Sayer video since you last visited. Come back and check it out.

Blase, ewwww, yes!

Elaine, thanks. There will be a special place in my new novel for lady bugs.

Yvonne, click on the links. They're looking for places to hibernate, then in the spring they leave. Cool, huh?

Jules, I later read (see links) that they're actually looking for a warm place to hibernate. They mate and nest in the spring.

And live for about a year. Who knew. (Or thought to care for that matter?)

John, hi there, I'll check it out.


Terry Stonecrop said...

Oh I love this music! Yes it's going to be stuck in my head and I'm going to like it. Thanks!

Living in FL I know bugs. My sympathies:(

Along These Lines ... said...

As we used to sing as kids:

"Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home,
Your house is on fire and your children are gone,
All except one, and that's Little Anne,
For she has crept under the warming pan."

Clearly, these were the days before video games.

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Terry, it's turned colder and the lady bugs have mostly disappeared. I STILL have this song stuck in my head. I posted a new one today, though.

Nick, I remember the first two lines, but don't know if I ever knew the second two. Cool!


J.C. Martin said...

Poor ladybugs...we get that too, but they don't die in swarms, maybe in small cliques.

Just a quick note to say that your blog's being showcased for my Friday Follower feature at my site! :)

Unknown said...

Better ladybugs than spiders, at least for me. I have what seem to be tons of spiders that congregate in the various nooks and crannies of my house and I'm actually pretty terrified of them. I usually catch them in a broom and shake them outside.

Jamie Gibbs said...

That sounds kind of ominous. I can imagine a horror (or possibly an M. Night Shayalaman movie) based on the sudden mass death of ladybugs. Kinda creepy...

The Words Crafter said...

Funny, I just found one in the bedroom next to the ceiling!

I used to love Leo Sayer-my favorite song was You Make Me Feel Like Dancing. And you know I had to google him and find out where he's at now.

Apparently he's doing well in Australia, doing anniversary concerts and other stuff. leosayer.com.

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