Gallery: 72,000 Ladybugs Released Inside Mall of America


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Minnesota’s Mall of America may be known as the largest retail complex in the country, but it is also now home to 72,000 lady bugs!  The ladybugs were released inside the 96.4 acre mall to help tend to the complex’s 30,000 plants and trees. The plants act as a natural air filter for the mall, and the ladybugs will help protect them from aphids and other pests.

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In order to deal with pesky aphids, which destroy plants by eating them, the mall managers decided that bringing in commercial pesticides would be too harmful to their customers and plants. Instead, they decided to create a natural biological defense system-by calling in the ladybug troops. The ladybugs naturally attack aphids, who pose a threat to the longevity of the mall’s 400 trees and other plants.

Inside the confines of the enormous mall complex (it is large enough to fit seven Yankee Stadiums!), the ladybugs can thrive- and stay concentrated enough to do their jobs. In an outdoor garden,  a natural pest defense system like ladybugs would fail, as the ladybugs would be likely to fly away rather than stay together. But inside the mall, they are put to best use, as they protect the limited area.

The ladybug army natural pest control system isn’t the only green practice the Mall of America has invested in. The mall converts its many restaurants’ deep fryer fat into biofuel that powers the mall’s security vehicles. The expansive complex is also heated by passive solar heat through 1.2 miles of skylights, an incredible feat in a city known for cold, harsh winters.

Via Yahoo

Images ©Gilles San Martin and ©pbech


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  1. davemurphy April 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    The True Story of the Dead Ladybugs

    I’m going to tell you a short story about my life.

    I year ago, Laura and I moved out of Jamestown, New York because the chemtrail spraying was so strong in that area, I literally could not breath the air at times. I became very sick and moved quickly to preserve our health.

    We moved into a house owned by someone else. This house has a strange annual occurrence. Every spring, it becomes infested with ladybugs.
    What happened?

    Are chemtrails to blame?

    All I can deduce is this.

    Since this has been occurring for years on a regular schedule, and since this is the first year that such a die-off has been witnessed (so far as we know), it makes me wonder if the chemtrail spraying program is relatively new in this area. I remember last year as being pretty regular, but much more mild than this year. This year has had ups and downs, but over all, it’s been much more intense.

    I also know that we visited two times for 4 days each in the year prior to moving here and saw one chemtrail the entire time, and that was about 45 minutes away from here.

    So, something really has seemed to change, especially in relation to the chemtrails spraying program.

    I can only hope that if chemtrails are to blame, other parts of the environment do not suffer in the same way.

    Any input or ideas are welcome.

    I managed to capture a few pictures of the ladybugs after they died. These were taken a while later, so many had already
    decayed somewhat.


  2. AirPlusPlus April 28, 2013 at 11:33 am

    That’s a great idea :)

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