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Although it looks similar to the native ladybeetle, the variegated Asian ladybeetle is an invasive species that has become common throughout North America, and it often seeks shelter in homes in large numbers. Photo by Jong-Seok Park/Louisiana State Arthropod Museum

Asian ladybeetle shows up in La.

By: Bruce Schultz,
BATON ROUGE – An invasive insect species could be making itself at home in your house, and an LSU AgCenter entomologist says the unwelcome guest is the variegated Asian ladybeetle.
“It is not a native species,” LSU AgCenter entomologist Chris Carlton said. “In Louisiana, we have at least 75 species of ladybugs, and most are native.”
This particular ladybug came to Louisiana in 1988, possibly from a shipping container. “No one really knows how it got here,” he said.

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Baylor Lomas, 6, gets a chance to visit with Santa after the annual Kiwanis Club Christmas parade held Dec. 8.

Christmas at City Hall

Drew Michael Ortego, 3, takes a closer look at a Nutcracker inside the city hall during Santa’s annual visit with kids. Ortego is the son of Shannon and Nikki Ortego. (Photos by Myra Miller)

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Christmas crafting at the library

The Eunice Public Library held a Christmas craft day Wednesday where kids had the opportunity to craft and design their own Christmas tree, Christmas wreath, decorate an Olfa coloring figurine, create their own Rudolph and much more. Edith A. Young, 2, daughter of Linzay and Emma Young of Eunice, shows off her Christmas tree. (Photo by Myra Miller)


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