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Apr 3, 2017 2:57 PM CST
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Name: Donna
Mid Shore, Maryland (Zone 7a)
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I'm planning on putting in a butterfly garden this year, my milkweed
seeds are coming up and I'm hoping to give them a good start and
strong hold for the future.

I've been thinking about purchasing some lady bugs, of which I used
to have a lot of in my yard, but have hardly seen any in the last 2 years.

So I'm wondering if folks have had any experience with purchasing ladybugs?
If so, were you happy with the results?
"No more bees, No pollination.... No more men!" ~ Albert Einstein
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Apr 3, 2017 3:30 PM CST
Name: Mac
Still here (Zone 6a)
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I have never purchased ladybugs, but it is my understanding that they won't hang around if they have no food source. Sort of a "chicken and egg" conundrum.
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Apr 3, 2017 4:49 PM CST
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Name: Donna
Mid Shore, Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Maryland Orchids Houseplants Bee Lover Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads
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Thanks for the info Mac, I tip my hat to you.

I see where you can order them, they also sell food for them.

Still, Probably best to think about later in the spring/early summer, instead of this time of year though....
Would hate to buy them, and they leave right off....
"No more bees, No pollination.... No more men!" ~ Albert Einstein
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Apr 3, 2017 5:12 PM CST
Name: Mac
Still here (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Region: Ukraine Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads
Vermiculture Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories
@Shy_gardener, you may get other opinions. Like you, we don't see nearly as many ladybugs as we have in the past. We still find lots of aphids and white flies though, that we have to get rid of by other means.
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Apr 3, 2017 5:17 PM CST
Name: Karen
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I bought some to put in my greenhouse last year. They stuck around for about 2 weeks eating all of my aphids, but then they all flew off. I'm not sure I'd do it again.
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Apr 3, 2017 5:40 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Donna
Mid Shore, Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Maryland Orchids Houseplants Bee Lover Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads
Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Spiders! Dog Lover Garden Procrastinator Vegetable Grower
Thank You! Thanks Karen,

That's good to know. I was kinda figuring they would stick around and
find things to eat on nearby, like the Praying Mantis do.
"No more bees, No pollination.... No more men!" ~ Albert Einstein
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