Ladybugs (for OUTDOOR release)
This variant is currently sold out
Pre-ordered ladybugs will be available the week of July 6, 2020. As noted when ladybug preorders are posted, we are not able to control the date they arrive, and this year they will be about fourteen days later than originally anticipated. We will send out email and FB messages as soon as the ladybugs are at Sage for pick-up. We are not taking additional orders for ladybugs until all of the first round of preorders are fulfilled ~ thanks!
The ladybugs sold by Sage Garden are the native species, Hippodamia convergens.
Please note: Ladybugs are available for local pick-up only - no shipping. The exact date that we get the ladybugs changes each year and is weather dependent. We are not able to promise availability for a specific date, but it is generally between mid-June and the end of June. Some years it is July.
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.