1. Post #1
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    September 2010
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    Hello facepunch!
    I have adopted a ladybug, or rather, a lady bug has adopted me. I will begin with a little backstory

    The life of Bert

    A warm and sunny June morning, I opened my curtains to find a little ladybug scuttling along my window. I wasn't sure how he got there, but I thought I'd better let him back outside, so I opened the window on which he was perched and tried to shoe him out. He seemed quite adamant on staying put, only opening his wings to fly to the other side of the window. I left it open with the intention that he can find his way back to the great outdoors, and carried on my day. Later that evening, I couldn't find the little ladybug, so I closed the window and soon forgot about the ordeal.
    A week or so later, there he was again. Scuttling along the warm window pane. Again, I tried to get him outside, but to no avail. For months to follow I'd open my curtains and occasionally find him near by, I began to wonder how he was keeping himself alive, to this day I'm still uncertain. But whatever his plan was, it seemed to be working. I let him stay and enjoyed watching him scurry along. I named him Bert.

    Midlife crisis

    Last friday, I watched as the hem of the curtains brushed across the windowsill. As I opened them, I noticed something, a little stationary creature on the side, but something wasn't right. It happened rather quickly, too quickly in fact. The hem of the opening curtain brushed him onto the floor. Cautious with my footing, I crouched down to find little Bert laying on his side. Although he's only a little ladybug, it tugged heartstring. My miniature roommate had passed away. I carefully picked him up on a piece of paper, my first thought was to finally release him out the window, allowing the breeze to carry him away. But instead I thought I'd bring him downstairs and bury him in a little plant pot so his energy would be transferred directly into the life of a plant.
    I set him down on the table, and his leg twitched. Unsure if this could be some sort of microstimulation effect or maybe just a simple breeze, I looked on curiously. Google informed me that ladybugs hibernate, so maybe this is what he was trying to do. But he was a strange colour, a faded orange rather than a vibrant red. He must be weak, I thought, I never understood how he was feeding himself all these months, maybe that had finally taken it's toll.
    After a bit more googling I found that if a ladybug can't eat aphids, honey is a good alternative. Since I don't have access to supply of aphids, I followed the instructions. I mixed honey with water, and soaked a cotton pad into the solution. I placed it in a milk bottle cap as a food bowl, and put it in the largest tub I could find. I gently lowered the paper that Bert laid upon into the box, and waited.

    A New Beginning

    Within half an hour, he was crawling slowly, with all his might, toward the honey soaked cotton pad. Bert made it! He stayed there for an hour, for a little while I was concerned I'd used too much honey and that he was stuck to it. I put a few garden things in the tub, some bamboo leaves, twigs and a pinecone to make him feel a bit more at home (although since he's been in my room since June, he's probably more familiar with indoor objects)



    Checking on him daily, bringing him new leaves and fresh honey pads, he perked up quickly. Scuttling around the tub and regaining his colour. I built him a new roof to celebrate the success (sorry, I'm no artist but I figured Bert doesn't mind)



    Earlier today I checked on him, I couldn't see him so I assumed he was just hiding under a leaf, I decided it was best not to disturb the mock habitat. Later on I'm at the table, pen in hand, writing down some notes for my essay when I see something moving near my hand. Being a flighty person, I accidentally jumped out my seat and squealed at a pitch only audible to my dogs. I looked again, it was Bert. He must have found a gap in the roof of his tub and gone for a wander. I let him stretch his legs, thinking it's only fair since he's been in the tub for a few days. I snapped a few pictures of him roaming around


    He helped me with my work



    He's got the colour back in his wings now, as opposed to the sickly orange colour he was just under a week ago when he fell down from the windowsill.




    My brother came home from work and was about to put his stuff on the table, I quickly warned him of Berts presence and decided it was time to coax him back into the safety of his tub. I tried to get him onto a piece of paper but he was being pretty stubborn, I leant over the table and managed to knock over a packet of biscuits which started him, he took to the air and landed on the wall. He crawled up onto the ceiling until he found the light, which he flew around for a while until settling on the underside of the lampshade where he still sits at this moment



    I'm not really sure how to get him down from there but that's the end of my ladybug story for now. According to google they can live up to two years, so providing he stays fit and healthy until spring I will be releasing him into the garden once the weather is warm
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  2. Post #2
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    Google told you everything about caring for ladybugs.

    Not sure if that's surprising or not.
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    Dennab
    July 2006
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    is he confirmed as blinded? can he make dubstep yet?
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    so providing he stays fit and healthy until spring
    I think this thread calls for a ladybug cardio montage with 80s music.
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  5. Post #5
    Dennab
    July 2006
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    Google told you everything about caring for ladybugs.

    Not sure if that's surprising or not.
    i think they kill other pests or something, so maintaining their presence makes sense

  6. Post #6
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    This reminds me of the spider that crawled under my bed about a week ago, I attempted to throw it outside at first but it slipped away, and hid under my bed. I tried to make contact with it and even left food on the floor because I found myself seeking friendship with him. Unfortunately, I believe my roommate perished :(
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    This reminds me of the spider that crawled under my bed about a week ago, I attempted to throw it outside at first but it slipped away, and hid under my bed. I tried to make contact with it and even left food on the floor because I found myself seeking friendship with him. Unfortunately, I believe my roommate perished :(
    Bert was pretty elusive, I'd go weeks with no sign of him and then suddenly he'd appear. I'm sure your spider buddy is fine, just hiding and engaging in other spidery antics
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    i think they kill other pests or something, so maintaining their presence makes sense
    Ladybugs (real ones, not the invasive Japanese Beetles) feed on Aphids



    Side-by-side. They look quite similar but they're different species AFAIK.
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    I remember finding a lot of these things back when I was in elementary school. I think it's the only bug I would feel comfortable with landing on my hand, because it means good luck.
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  10. Post #10
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    He's back in the tub now, I let him chill out by the light for a bit but he's safer in there. Used the cup and paper trick. It was difficult to get him off the paper because he's quite the acrobug
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    can I know why you named him Bert

    I mean it's a lady bug there's so much exploitation that can happen and you picked Bert

  12. Post #12
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    did you count the number of spots on Bert's back?

    just asking because you don't want any imposter ladybugs

    Edited:

    like you may have cared for several lady bugs but they all individually died horribly from spiders sucking their insides out or something
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  13. Post #13
    Dennab
    November 2006
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    Ladybugs (real ones, not the invasive Japanese Beetles) feed on Aphids



    Side-by-side. They look quite similar but they're different species AFAIK.
    Both of those are ladybugs, Japanese ladybugs also eat aphids.
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    can I know why you named him Bert

    I mean it's a lady bug there's so much exploitation that can happen and you picked Bert
    Bert the ladybug, it's got some close alliteration in there I suppose

  15. Post #15
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    cute
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    did you count the number of spots on Bert's back?

    just asking because you don't want any imposter ladybugs

    Edited:

    like you may have cared for several lady bugs but they all individually died horribly from spiders sucking their insides out or something
    19, 20 if the one that spreads over the wings counts as 2 :) he has many spots
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    i love ladybugs. They keep my plants safe :)
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    I used to catch spiders and keep them as pets.

       they all died though :(   
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    Reminds me of the time i tried to take care of some moth eggs i found


    they turned out to be cloth moth eggs and infested my house

    The lesson to be learned here folks is to never trust insects with care and love
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    Both of those are ladybugs, Japanese ladybugs also eat aphids.
    Ah, my bad! After some further research I've found they're actually called 'Asian Lady Beetle'.

    http://insects.about.com/od/beetles/p/haxyridis.htm posted:
    Both adults and larvae of Asian Multicolored Lady Beetles feed voraciously on aphids, mites, scale, and other soft-bodied insects. They also eat eggs of moths and butterflies.
    http://www.ladybuglady.com/asianladybeetle.htm posted:
    Over the past 15 years, USDA, the Forestry Commission, state and private agencies have released this ladybug in several locations in the Northeastern part of the US. The beneficial aspects of this ladybug have been quite useful in reducing the need for pesticides and have relieved the hardwood forests of many disease carrying aphids, mites and scale insects. Releases are no longer taking place.
    I suppose you learn something new once in a while!

  21. Post #21
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    :.( Poffer.

  22. Post #22
    Dennab
    January 2008
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    beetles pwn
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    I once made a deal with a spider above my bunk.
    He ate mosquitoes, so I let him live up there.

    My brother hasn't so merciful. I was so mad.
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    Please do not interfere with his political conviction
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  25. Post #25
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    bugs never want to be my mate, i tried to befriend a huntsman and he raised his legs at me so i got mum to kill him.

    nice lady bug lady
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    Reminds me of a small spider that made host in a corner in my downstairs bathroom. Every time I went to the bathroom he'd jump in surprise whenever I turned on the light.

    I thought it was really cute, but there's no bug traffic down in the bathroom so he never netted anything. I feared for his food supply.

    It sounds strange but a weak, but alive, beetle fell on my desk one day. I picked it up and set it next to the small spider's web. The next day the really tiny spider managed to drag the huge beetle up into his nest like a trophy. He was working on it when I walked in, jumping in surprise like usual.

    He fed on it for about a week, but I wasn't able to find anymore food for him so I believe he moved on. His trophy fell back on the floor, and I haven't seen him since...

  27. Post #27
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    I used to love catching ladybugs as a kid. I'd go outside and get find a bucket load of them. Can't remember what I ever did with them though.
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  28. Post #28
    Dennab
    July 2011
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    Convert it to communism.

    (User was banned for this post ("Meme reply" - Craptasket))
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    Holy shit this is cute.
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    I think this thread calls for a ladybug cardio montage with 80s music.
    Fashion a barbell out of a Q-tip and some Cheerios for weights. Endurance flights to the ceiling and back.

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    this actually shows facepunchers are compassionate beings. not robots made by skynet.

    good show!
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    this actually shows facepunchers are compassionate beings. not robots made by skynet.

    good show!
    But we are robots created by Skynet, and this is Skynet proving it's not a evil AI intent on killing beings lesser than it.
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    He's escaped the tub again, crawling around on the side of it. I'm gonna put it on my windowsill so he feels at home and leave the roof open so he's able to get food and enjoy the foliage I put in there.

    Edited:

    He seems to like his portrait

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  34. Post #34
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    i found a green june beetle and kept it as a pet when i was 6. it was shiny and neon green colored so i thought it looked really cool. i gave it food and stuff, but unfortunately it didn't live long.

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    He seems pretty happy.
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    No title or gold masterrace, whoops.
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    Goddamn escape artists.
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    I like it!
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    I like this. You are a wonderful person. I hope you have a happy life forever.
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    I like this. You are a wonderful person. I hope you have a happy life forever.
    Wow, thank you! I am a happy person, to tell you the truth I wasn't for the majority of my life but last summer I discovered what true happiness is and I'm pursuing a path which will nurture that. I can only wish the same (or even, better) for yourself :)

    Edited:

    Imagine being so tiny that a drop of water fucks up your day
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