Man releases thousands of 'lady bugs' but it turns out they weren't ladybugs, but something much worse

Ingram Atkinson

"They've committed ecological warfare by releasing thousands of what they think are ladybugs..."

According to The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, non-native plants, animals, and microorganisms are referred to as invasive species because they have the potential to quickly expand and threaten the environment, the economy, and/or human health after being introduced to a new area. The release of invasive species by pet and aquarium owners is one method of introduction.

However, one person didn't follow such warnings in a now viral video, which has amassed 1.4 million views, over 200,000 likes and well over 1600 comments. So how did it come to this?

Take a look at the video and see for yourself.

Takeaway: When ordering insects or other types of animals, do your research on the type of species you're choosing as well as looking at your local guidelines on how to take care of or perhaps even get rid of them.

As seen in the video, a couple decided to release what they thought were lady bugs into the environment when in actuality they were releasing an invasive species of beetle known as the Asian Lady beetle. The TikToker, heyitsmog, goes on to explain that these beetles will cause ecological damage and an assortment of other terrible effects.

So what are Asian lady beetles and why are they so bad?

Asian lady beetles are a type of lady beetle that is native to Asia. These beetles are a large group of insects with many different species, each with their own unique characteristics. Asian lady beetles were first introduced into North America from Asia in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Since then they have spread across the continent and have become one of the most invasive species in North America.

These beetles feed on many commonly grown crops such as corn, soybeans, beans, tomatoes and peppers. They also feed on weeds native to gardens in your area such as crabgrass and dandelion. In addition to damaging crops, these pests also transmit plant diseases such as bacterial wilt or powdery mildew which can affect your entire crop if you do not control them immediately after they arrive on your property or farm field.

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