To some casual observers, ladybugs (or lady beetles) are colorful symbols of good luck harbingers of fortune and fame. Gardeners value them for their utility as ravenous insects that prey upon plant pests. They buy them by the hundreds online or from garden centres, and then free them to hunt.
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By Dean Fosdick The Associated Press
Poinsettias have become the bestselling potted plants in the United States, and are second in popularity only to Christmas trees during the holiday season. Unfortunately, they also are among the least understood.