What in the world am I talking about??? LADY BUGS!!!! They are taking over at our house! I am looking out my window as I am typing this and at the moment I can count like 9 on the screen and can see 6 or 7 more on the deck. Plus I noticed that there were 3 or 4 flying around and there are 3 IN MY ROOM!!! The ones that are here are either orange with black spots or they are a shade between orange and scarlet with black spots. Oh my word. So here is some interesting info on them. Enjoy!
I personall think they are harmless, but could see how they are considered a pest. I also agree with this article that talks about them overwintering. I guess ours could aslo be the Halloween Lady Beetle since it is October and that is always when i notice them in large numbers. One year before we moved to Pennsylvania it was so bad. We lived in the basement of my mother-in-laws house and the one wall was entirely covered in them! There were hundreds of them. And they do stink when you kill them!
The Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis), also known as the multicolored Asian lady beetle, harlequin lady beetle (because of the species’ tendency to vary in colorfrom orange to yellow to even black), and Halloween lady beetle (because it invades homes in October in preparation for hibernation), is a well-known non-native insect common in both North America and Europe.
When the species first “hit” the UK, it received the label of “the many-named ladybird”. Among the names listed were: Multivariate, Southern, Japanese, and Pumpkin ladybird.
Note: species in the family Coccinellidae are known as ladybird in the UK; hence, the British name is harlequin ladybird.