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Lady beetles: friend and foe

Lady beetles: friend and foe

This invasive species has made itself at home — and there’s no evicting it

The invaders came every fall, but would still manage to catch the Benzine family by surprise. The children shrieked as a great swarm of insects would abruptly rise in a black cloud and fall upon the family, crawling inside their clothing, biting them, and driving them inside for weeks. Tens of thousands of the bugs managed to squeeze inside the Benzine’s central Wisconsin home every year, flying around the house and lingering all winter until they finally died.

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