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« on: 10/05/2007 01:54:32 »
The other day. Anastasia told me that the ladybird she had just caught, was five years old. How did she know this i asked, well it has five spots, was her confident reply.

Was she right? Do their spots indicated age, if not what do they indicate?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 16/05/2007 23:40:10 »
Hi Paul!
 
The number of spots depend on what type of lady-bug it is.

There are some species that have some variability in the coloration- so even within the same species you can have different number of spots.
Other species are very consistent- always seven or fourteen spots.

Here is a great webpage on ladybugs- including what they look like as larvae- Yuck!
http://whatsthatbug.com/lady.html

Most ladybugs only live a few months to two years at most.    :(

Colleen
 

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« Reply #2 on: 17/05/2007 01:33:55 »
wow! i always thought that the number of spots was their age too. i wonder where that rumor got started
 

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« Reply #3 on: 17/05/2007 11:27:35 »
Colleen, you are a star. We have missed you and your knowledge.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 17/05/2007 11:29:20 »
The rumor probably started in the same place as the story that the number of times you had to blow to get all the seeds off a dandelion "clock" actually told you the time!  ;D
 

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« Reply #5 on: 17/05/2007 11:32:26 »
The rumor probably started in the same place as the story that the number of times you had to blow to get all the seeds off a dandelion "clock" actually told you the time!  ;D

Excellent Carol. I had forgotten about that, it was always smewhere between 4 and 8 o,clock. I was always late home!  ;)
 

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« Reply #6 on: 18/05/2007 02:01:39 »
We always said if you could blow all of the seeds off a dandelion in one breath your boyfriend was in love with you.  If you couldn't the number that remained were how many reservations they had.

I wonder if there's a book of all these type of sayings somewhere.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 18/05/2007 02:36:49 »
we always said that if you blew them all off the first time  your wish would come true. if not, no wish. kind of like birthday candles
 

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« Reply #8 on: 18/05/2007 05:38:49 »
The rumor probably started in the same place as the story that the number of times you had to blow to get all the seeds off a dandelion "clock" actually told you the time!  ;D
You all should start a thread about those things people always said about stuff like that!..In The Chat section!

Excellent Carol. I had forgotten about that, it was always smewhere between 4 and 8 o,clock. I was always late home!  ;)
 

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« Reply #9 on: 19/06/2007 13:58:58 »
We always said if you could blow all of the seeds off a dandelion in one breath your boyfriend was in love with you.  If you couldn't the number that remained were how many reservations they had.

I wonder if there's a book of all these type of sayings somewhere.

Can I say anything about blowing your boyfreinds seeds off? Or would that not be allowed?
 

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« Reply #10 on: 19/06/2007 13:59:32 »
we always said that if you blew them all off the first time  your wish would come true. if not, no wish. kind of like birthday candles

Sorry, are you still talking about boyfriends here?
 

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« Reply #11 on: 19/06/2007 16:43:08 »
no just a wish
 

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« Reply #12 on: 04/01/2010 14:09:57 »
Do spots indicate age of the Ladybug? No there are over 5,000 species 450 alone in the USA, Asian Ladybugs were imported by the Gov. back in the early 60's to combat a large population of aphids in the farm belt, I believe the problem was wrongly ID of the Aphids the advisor said, they were Asian Aphids so recommended importing Asian Ladybugs. Which they did by the thousand's
You can see video's of the problems they have caused. They took care of the over population problem but have created new ones, unlike the local species which do not bite these bite humans, and the bigest problem they do not migrate like local species to the mountains they like to live in peoples homes.  New blog on the Hx. of the Ladybug:  newbielink:http://historyoftheladybug.blogspot.com/ [nonactive]
 

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