Ladybugs (for OUTDOOR release)
This variant is currently sold out
Ladybugs for outdoor release can be pre-ordered December through spring, with local pickup typically in mid-to-late June. The exact date of availability is unknown until close to the time of and can range from early June into early July, regardless of when orders are placed with us. Thanks!
The ladybugs sold by Sage Garden are the native species, Hippodamia convergens.
Pre-order items such as beneficial insects do qualify for 10% Member's Discount but not Member's Day Double Discounts.
Ladybugs are excellent general predators, and the larvae are particularly voracious aphid-eaters! Outdoors ladybugs can be released anytime after mid to late June. They prefer to be released in the evening, closer to dusk. Always water your release area ahead of time, as ladybug's first priority is to drink a little water before eating.
Ladybugs are biologically driven to sniff out aphids, and this is the pest that really gets them excited. In fact, the scent of aphids helps get the ladybugs in the mood for reproducing, which is what you want them to do in your garden. It is ideal to release ladybugs near known aphid populations. However, they are general predators and will seek out and eat a wide variety of soft-bodied insects.
In the event that there are not many aphids or other bugs to eat, ladybugs love the nectar from many flowers including thyme, lavender, salvias, snapdragons, alyssum, heliotrope and other nectar-rich varieties. Plant ladybug friendly flowers and herbs in abundance, to encourage a natural and sustained population of ladybugs in your yard.
1,000 ladybugs cover 550 square feet of garden
4,500 ladybugs cover 3000 square feet of garden (perfect for a neighbourhood ladybugs release party!)
Unreleased ladybugs can be stored for 4 - 6 weeks at 4˚C (in the fridge).
The ladybugs offered through Sage Garden are native species that will not have a negative impact on existing ladybug populations.