Ladybug, ladybug fly away

Over thirty children and adults braved an overcast afternoon on May 24 to release more than 4,500 ladybugs in Rye Town Park.  Everyone gathered at the flagpole garden on the knoll near the duck pond.

Friends organized the project as part of its horticultural effort to reduce the park's aphid population, pests which are destructive to roses and other flowers. Ladybugs, natural predators to aphids, are more environmentally friendly than using pesticides and, as you can see from the photos below, more fun to spread around!