My little friend, Shelby, brought me a gift. I could not imagine what it was. She held a glass canning jar with a tulle slip of fabric covering the top. Leaves and a stick decorated the inside of the jar. Upon closer inspection, little red and black beetles held softly to the inside. Lady bugs! My favorite!
Shelby had been raising them as an experiment for girl scouts. So, when it was time to let them go, she thought of me. I laid them gently in the pots that line the window. The indoor farm now has lady bugs.
Last year, when I was telling you about my indoor farm, I mentioned that the biggest problem we encounter indoors are the blasted aphids that decide to move in. Aphids love them some indoor farms. It’s like vacation for aphids. I had mentioned that I needed lady bugs inside, a bunch of wasps, or something to control these buggers. How pleasant to have lady bugs. My family had vetoed the wasps.
How does one take care of pet lady bugs? I placed a small saucer of water out. Do they drink water? Is the food and bugs in the window enough for them?
So, a few things could happen.
1. I may do so brilliantly at this lady bug business that my house is positively swarming with them come spring time.
2. The cats may eat them.
3. They may all die because I have no idea what their needs are.
4. They may thrive within the expanses of the indoor farm windows and keep the aphids away, all while beautifying the gardens and creating a fun scavenger hunt looking for them. A lady bug landing on your shoulder while drinking Christmas tea would be a lovely gift, don’t you think?