Lady Beetles, Unite!

That lady beetle, aka ladybug, that landed on the shoe of San Francisco 49”ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk just before the NFL championship game, apparently didn't show up at the Super Bowl. 

The 49'ers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, but what a great battle it was. 

Do lady beetles bring good luck? 

Maybe. Maybe not. 

But we always appreciate them, especially on Valentine's Day. They're red, they gobble aphids, and sometimes they represent love.  

This group of enthusiastic beetles (below) had just been devouring aphids on a brittlebush (Encelia farinosa), on the UC Davis campus back in 2014, and then it happened. Three formed a Leaning Tower of Pisa.

The end result: More beneficial insects soon!

Happy Valentine's Day!