Friday Haiku: She’s A Lady (Bug)

Just like Tom Jones sang
Whoa, whoa, whoa, she’s a lady**
And also a bug

“I came across this lovely lady while on a hike today. I think she (Lady Bugs are all ladies, right?*) looks like a happy little strawberry. Hope you can use it!” -Katy C.


** Had to cheat on the contraction– can’t mess with the lyrics. -B.



  1. I love ladybugs! Looks like this one had an injury to her wing —
    that’s quite a dent in it.

  2. Tom Jones…Made my day! THX!!

  3. mandamoonflower says:

    Great haiku and great picture. 🙂

  4. katrinab73 says:

    awww it does look like a happy strawberry!

  5. Never seen you look so lovely
    As you did tonight
    You shine so bright

  6. Smartypants says:

    Jodi – good news, the red-and-black part is actually just the wing cover, like a jacket – her actual wings are hidden underneath. So that dent could just be superficial.

  7. Red and black lady,
    Saved my family’s orange groves
    From cottony scale…

    It’s true. In the 1880s, peach trees imported from China also introduced cottony cushion scale to California, where the just-getting-a-good-start citrus industry was soon nearly wiped out (from 2000 railroad cars shipped east per year to 400 between 1887 and 1888). Groves were “white from end to end”, and none of the then-available pest control methods worked.

    C.V. Riley, head of the US Department of Agriculture’s division of entomology, and his assistant, Albert Koebele, noticed that Australia didn’t have a scale problem, and reasoned that there must be something keeping the pest at bay. Koebele was sent to Australia (amid much mocking about ‘wanting a free trip at taxpayer expense’) and sent back vedalia ladybugs and a parasitic fly, both known predators of the scale bugs. By midsummer 1889, where the Australian immigrants had been released, the citrus groves had returned to full production.

    All three insects are now naturalized in the California environment, and cottony cushion scale now attacks groves only if someone has been overzealous with insecticide or a really cold spell impacts the balance. Reintroducing ladybugs usually takes care of the situation.