Vancouver’s Ladybugs are back!

Ladybug on the patio of my Vancouver apartment.

The ladybugs are back! Arggghhh!

Fifteen months ago my girlfriend and I moved into a beautiful high-rise in Vancouver with a very large patio on the sixteenth floor. We spent countless hours on the patio with friends and family.

Last fall we were introduced to the asian ladybug, which likes to spend the winters hibernating in the cracks of light coloured, south-facing cliffs. You guessed it, our high-rise is light-coloured and last fall these lady beetles flocked to the building.

I’m thinking that last year was an anomaly, as we haven’t seen too many this year. I only saw about 10 yesterday and none today. Last year there were hundreds around my patio and thousands or millions flying around outside. For two weeks we racked our brains trying to figure out how to keep them away. After about two weeks they’d hibernated and we never saw them again. They didn’t come inside the apartment or wreck anything and I didn’t really give them a second thought until I saw the one, photographed above, on my patio yesterday.

Do you get ladybugs on your building in the fall? Let’s hope last year was an anomaly.