Asian Lady Beetles Fashionably Late

10/4/11 – You’re probably not seeing as many Asian lady beetles this fall – but that could still change. U-W Extension experts say the populations of the brown spotted beetle have gone down in the last two-to-four years. Dodge County interim crop agent David Laatsch (lah-tsch) says the hot summer may have been a factor as well. Asian lady beetles hang around soybean crops during the summer – and Laatsch says this year’s crop has been relatively free of the soybean aphids that bugs eat. Once the harvest gets going, the beetles find warmer places to stay as it gets colder. And many Wisconsin homeowners have found large numbers of them on window sills. Officials say there’s still a chance you’ll see a good number of Asian lady beetles around your choice – but maybe not for a few weeks.