Ladybugs Are Good Luck
My dad loved ladybugs and let them be. These were natural predators of the aphids—a bug that would infest the rose bushes my dad grew for my mom. My dad said these bugs are good luck, and not to kill them. I thought they were unique, like something out of a Transformers movie with a double set of wings. At flight the red-and-black dotted cover would lift up and long wings would sprout out. I was amazed at how well the wings were concealed.

Ladybugs lay their eggs directly in aphid colonies in order to ensure their larvae have an immediate food source; how cool is that! They’re like transformers and body snatchers rolled up in one.