When Mother Nature does something in Iowa, she usually doesn't do small. So when Evelyn first pointed out a twelve-spotted lady beetle, it wasn't long before it was two.
Then a couple hundred.
It's funny what they're attracted to--mostly the white siding on the house and the vibrantly colored plastic toys. We didn't spend a lot of time outdoors while they were around. If they weren't scaling the walls of the plastic jungle gym, they were swarming the air. When they landed on any exposed skin, they were more often than not inclined to nip.shudder) any day.