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May 2, 2010 in Outdoors
Photo courtesy of Dave Bragg photo

The convergent ladybird beetle is a native carnivore that helps farmers by feasting on crop-eating insects during spring and summer.Photo courtesy of Dave Bragg

Rich Landers photo

Ladybird beetles swarm by the thousands in March under duff where snow had recently receded in the Blue Mountains. The beetles leave mountain hibernating areas in spring, fly to dryland areas to eat other insects as they propagate several generations during spring and summer. Their progeny will return to the same meadows in