New York City’s Ladybug InvasionJanay Rickwalder
Friday, August 2, 2013
The Central Park Conservancy, the organization that maintains
New York City’s iconic Central Park, recently released over
140,000 ladybugs into the park’s gardens.
are natural predators to aphids, small pests that can destroy crops
and vegetation. One adult ladybug can eat up to 50 aphids
in a single day, which is exactly what the Conservancy is hoping
they’ll do. Some of the ladybugs will leave and make their home
elsewhere, but hopefully the majority will stay to breed in the
In an article for
WSJ.com, the Conservancy’s horticulture director explained that
ladybug pest control has been used in the park for the past three
years: “We notice that the aphid population has gone down and the
negative effects of a thriving aphid population—withered plant
leaves, for example — are rarer than before."