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Rick Cabrera
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# Posted: 7 Apr 2008 06:38


I was walking through Lowes the other day and i saw that they sold ladybugs. Thought they might be a nice treat for my guys. Anybody use these as feeders or think it might be a bad idea?


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Derek Benson
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# Posted: 7 Apr 2008 06:44


That's odd that they sell them. Maybe to get rid of aphids? I believe they are toxic. I would stick to roaches, crickets, worms, etc.


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Jennifer
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# Posted: 7 Apr 2008 06:58


Sorry that my recollection is fuzzy but I remember contemplating this and remember that there was some compelling reason not to do it -- perhaps toxicity as Derek wrote ...


FrogPrincess
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# Posted: 7 Apr 2008 07:23


http://www.ladybuglady.com/LadybugsFAQ.htm



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lestat
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# Posted: 7 Apr 2008 07:29


Yah, they're toxic and taste horrible to boot. They're sold to eat aphids as Derek said.



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spawn
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# Posted: 7 Apr 2008 10:27


The caresheet Hydro supplied has somewhat conflicting information. It says the bugs are toxic, yet their natural predators include tree frogs. So how toxic is "toxic?"

I wouldn't risk it anyways. They're hard shelled, and I can't imagine much meat on them.

BIG HYDRO
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# Posted: 7 Apr 2008 10:59


Well there are over 400 different kinds of ladybugs. Some of which are more toxic than others. They also come in all kinds of colors some with no spots at all and up to 20 spots depending on the exact species. Some frogs, toads, and lizards can eat them just fine, and some others do not have the same immunity to them. Unfortuanately I have no clue which can tolerate them and which can't. Like stated above, better to not chance it.



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froggz37
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# Posted: 7 Apr 2008 15:08


Most likely any frogs that are native to where the the lady bugs are would be able to eat them. Its also like lightning bugs being toxic, but I've seen american toads mow them down without any bad reactions. Anything else that eats them is going to get sick.

Mach
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# Posted: 7 Apr 2008 16:09


I had the same question, heres the debate on Dendroboard, feel free to continue it only if it is absolutely necessary.-URL


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