Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home. You’ve had too much to drink, Your children are alone!
Remember that cute rhyme from your childhood? Yes, I altered it a bit. But did you ever think about the underlying assumption in those first five words? That she knows where home is!! Proof that rhymes (and old wives tales too) have a modicum of truth is found in this nomad life we lead. All along the trip we have continued to find ladybugs inside; galley, front window, shower (they like the water?) bedroom; all their usual haunts and more. Carefully as washing fine crystal, I have scooped them up and deposited each lady outside.
Saturday Dec 13 we arrive to Sanibel for a week. Still, ladybugs. One warm day I counted five inside at once, two even required a rescue when they slipped in the wet shower, tumbled on their backs and well, they fell and couldn’t get up! Out they went, and still we’d find them back in. And we’d find them walking around outside the motorhome too. One night I placed our stowaways on a nearby bush in an attempt to create a new “home” and after doing that with a few more, it seemed to work. I feel bad leaving, but we need to go….the question is, “will any be with us in the Keys?”
Cudjoe Key- we arrive Sat Dec 20. Either we brought them and they multiplied, or we are being visited by local ladybugs! Our park neighbors on Doubloon Lane (Venture Out RV Resort, Cudjoe Key) say they have no ladybugs. Since the tiny beetles (but ladybug sounds better) can live up to a year, they sure could be the same ones coming and going. My daily routine now consists of careful removal, they even drop or crawl onto my hand fearlessly, as I whisper, “fly away and please don’t return.”
This will grow old soon and we are plotting all manner of humane ways to remove these gals (and I guess guys too!) permanently. So beware of mysterious packages arriving by mail 🙂