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December 10, 2009


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When I read your post I was reminded of my stay a couple of months ago in Binghamton in which there seemed to be lady bugs all over the place. I stayed in a hotel and there were a couple on the bed, there were some on the window, on the nightstand--it was definitely strange.

If you crush them on fabric or curtains they leave an orange stain that is practically permanent.

I have lady bugs in my house right now. This is a danger that we are always on the look out for at crush time. The one fault I have with its descriptor is that I have yet to taste rancid peanut butter, peanuts yes , but peanut butter no. Believe me I know the stink of lady bug, but any good American would not let their peanut butter go bad.

Tom and Peter -

What is the defense for this? If there are lady bugs flitting about, is there any way to ensure they don't end up in crush?

I just wanted to share that lady beetles have been a serious concern to growers/wineries in Canada...specifically in Niagara on the Lake areas. Our winemaker, my brother Fred, went through the oenology program at Brock University there, and MALB concerns were constantly pounded in the student's heads. So when we took in grapes from our first harvest he had us obsessively hand-sort every cluster that came in to avoid ladybug taint...it was a real pain in the ass.

Evan, as growers we must make sure that our neighbors aren't planting soy beans to begin with because once the beans are harvested, the ladybugs look to the tight clusters of wine grapes for cover. There is actually a spray that we can use to paralyze the ladybugs for about 12 hours, in which the ladybugs fall out of the grapes before the harvester collects the fruit. And if they do come onto the press deck with your grapes, then make some coffee cause you have a late night sorting grapes!

The ladybug taint is a prime suspect for some aromatic peculiarities of Burgundy 2004, as reported by the Burgundy Report in http://www.burgundy-report.com/wp/?page_id=2584

Hi- this is a message for Evan and Tom- I'm a third year V & Oenology student in the UK, and my final year project in about Multi coloured Asian lady bird taint in wine. Evan- is there any possibility that you could give me the name of the spray that paralyzes the ladybirds, that your brother uses? I would also really like to try and buy some affected wine, I've made wine from English grapes and added my own captured ladybirds to carry out a sensory evaluation. But it would be great to get hold of some commercially affected wine. I wasn't able to follow the direct e-mail link that Tom provided on his article. So I just joined typepad- can we communicate like that ?? Thank you, kind regards

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