Lady Bugs – Hippodamia convergens

Lady Bugs – Hippodamia convergens

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Everybody's Favorite Bug! The Lady Bug Works Hard! Ladybugs, also called lady beetles or ladybird beetles, are a very beneficial group of insects. Ladybugs are natural enemies of many insect pests and it has been demonstrated that a single ladybug may consume as many as 5,000 aphids in its lifetime. Ladybug adults have a very characteristic convex, hemispherical to oval body shape. Both adults and larvae are predators, mostly of aphids. There are almost 500 different species of lady bug in North America alone, nearly 5000 world wide. Because Ladybugs eat lots of aphids and other pest insects, many gardeners and farmers use them for pest control instead of chemicals. A Ladybug can lay up to 1000 eggs in its lifetime. Not all Ladybugs have spots. Ladybugs will clean themselves…
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Trees Tame Storm water-Interactive Poster

Sustainable Landscaping
This is so cool! Rain refreshes the land and nourishes the green landscape. But as houses, stores, schools, roads and parking lots spread and natural tree cover is lost, so is the absorbing effect of vegetation and soil. The welcome rain becomes costly stormwater runoff. Without the benefit of trees and vegetated infrastructure, waterways are polluted as oils, heavy metal particles and other harmful substances are washed away. Fish and wildlife suffer, drinking water becomes expensive or impossible to reclaim, property values are reduced, and our living environment is degraded. http://www.arborday.org/trees/stormwater.cfm Link provided by Shawna Lawyer Struby from Going Local
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