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Bugging Out: The Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle (photo from the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity)

It’s that time of year in Wisconsin. We’ve been hearing from students and visitors to the library: What’s up with all those ladybugs hanging out at the library?

So what are they?
“Those” ladybugs are called multicolored Asian lady beetles, otherwise known as Harmonia axyridis. They’re slightly different than the cute red ones we often see, but they belong to the same family of small beetles (Coccinellidae). The multicolored Asian lady beetles are more orange colored: appropriate for their appearance around Halloween. Some people say they bite. Most find them annoying.

In autumn, they often congregate in warm, sunny places near buildings (like the library) as they prepare for hibernation during winter.

How did they get here?
Some researchers state the bugs inadvertently made their way to the United States from Asia via ocean-going vessels and then spread throughout the country. Other researchers point to their repeated use as a biological agent in some parts of the U.S. to help control the aphid population. Multicolored Asian lady beetles have only been reported in large numbers in Wisconsin since the mid 1990s.

Want to find our more? Check these links below:


Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

University of Wisconsin Garden Facts: Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle – University of Wisconsin Extension

Multi-colored Asian Ladybeetle – The Wisconsin Gardener

The Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, Harmonia axyridis: A Review of Its Biology, Uses in Biological Control, and Non-Target ImpactsJournal of Insect Science

UPDATE: Federal Government Shutdown: Websites Unavailable

Updated: October 4, 2013 at 4:23pm CDT

Due to the federal government shutdown, many U.S. government websites are unavailable or will not be updated with new information.

The following websites are inaccessible:

Accessing Archived Versions of Government Websites
You can search “archived” versions of some government websites by using the “Wayback Machine.” More information is provided in this post:

Legislative information websites will continue to be updated and accessible. This includes:

Some Websites Available, But Not Updated
Other websites will remain available, but they will not be updated with new information. Although not an exhaustive list, the following websites may not be updated with new information:

In addition, the U.S. Dept. of Defense website is available, with limited updates. The U.S. Dept. of State website is available and appears to be updated as of this writing. The U.S. Dept. of the Treasury website is available and portions of its website will continue to be updated.

For more information on the status of government services, please consult:


New Books for September

Take a look at our new books for September. Go to the library website and search for the book title using the Search@UW box. Then you can get the book’s call number and location.


Citizens of Asian America : democracy and race during the Cold War / Cindy I-Fen Cheng.

Indian nations of Wisconsin : histories of endurance and renewal / Patty Loew ; with forewords by Paul DeMain and J P Leary.

Gypsy “menace” : populism and the new anti-Gypsy politics / Michael Stewart, editor.

Quiet season : remembering country winters / Jerry Apps.

Old farm : a history / Jerry Apps ; with photographs by Steve Apps.

Degraded work : the struggle at the bottom of the labor market / Marc Doussard.

Lifeblood : oil, freedom, and the forces of capital / Matthew T. Huber.

Superlative city : Dubai and the urban condition in the early twenty-first century / edited by Ahmed Kanna.

Lynching beyond Dixie : American mob violence outside the South / edited by Michael J. Pfeifer.

Redefining rape : sexual violence in the era of suffrage and segregation / Estelle B. Freedman.

Solitary confinement : social death and its afterlives / Lisa Guenther.

New perspectives on public services : place and technology / Christopher Pollitt.

Cheating lessons : learning from academic dishonesty / James M. Lang.

Logobook / by Ludovic Houplin ; editor, Julius Wiedemann.

One small farm : photographs of a Wisconsin way of life / Craig Schreiner.

Art made from books : altered, sculpted, carved, transformed / compiled by Laura Heyenga ; Preface by Brian Dettmer ; Introduction by Alyson Kuhn.

Information graphics / Sandra Rendgen ; ed., Julius Wiedemann ; [with essays by Paolo Ciuccarelli, Richard Saul Wurman, Simon Rogers ; including a poster by Nigel Holmes].

Native American drinking : life styles, alcohol use, drunken comportment, problem drinking, and the Peyote religion / Thomas W Hill.

Human rights and transnational solidarity in Cold War Latin America / edited by Jessica Stites Mor.

Making civics count : citizenship education for a new generation / edited by David E. Campbell, Meira Levinson, and Frederick M. Hess.

Pets, people, and pragmatism / Erin McKenna.

Psychology of personhood : philosophical, historical, social-developmental, and narrative perspectives / edited by Jack Martin and Mark H. Bickhard.

American girls, beer, and Glenn Miller : GI morale in World War II / James J. Cooke.

Contested water : the struggle against water privatization in the United States and Canada / Joanna L. Robinson.

Contagious : why things catch on / Jonah Berger.

Trams or tailfins? : public and private prosperity in postwar West Germany and the United States / Jan L. Logemann.

My dog always eats first : homeless people and their animals / Leslie Irvine.

Last refuge : Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America’s war in Arabia / Gregory D. Johnsen.

How nonprofits work : case studies in nonprofit organizations / Grace Budrys.

Neoconservative politics and the Supreme Court : law, power, and democracy / Stephen M. Feldman.

Everything a new elementary school teacher really needs to know : (but didn’t learn in college) / Otis Kriegel, M.S. Ed.

School discipline and safety / volume editors, Suzanne E. Eckes, Charles J. Russo.

Resistant students : reach me before you teach me / Mary Skvorak.

Before Elvis : the prehistory of rock ‘n’ roll / Larry Birnbaum.

Dinner Party : Judy Chicago and the power of popular feminism, 1970-2007 / Jane F. Gerhard.

Native Americans on film : conversations, teaching, and theory / edited by M. Elise Marubbio and Eric L. Buffalohead.

George Eliot and the gothic novel : genres, gender, feeling / Royce Mahawatte.

Naked statistics : stripping the dread from the data / Charles Wheelan.

Gravity : how the weakest force in the universe shaped our lives / Brian Clegg.

Environmental flows : saving rivers in the third millennium / Angela Helen Arthington.

Population fluctuations in rodents / Charles J. Krebs.

Autism spectrum disorders through the life span / Digby Tantam.

One billion hungry : can we feed the world? / Gordon Conway with Katy Wilson ; foreword by Rajiv Shah.

Modern American military / edited by David M. Kennedy.

NoodleTools workshops

NoodleTools is a resource you can use to gather citations to sources you are using for papers and projects.

You can make annotations and enter notes about these sources. Then you can format your sources into bibliographies using citation styles such as APA, MLA, and Chicago.

Sign up for a workshop to help you get the most of of this amazing product.  Workshop registration can be found here:

Power Up @ Cofrin Library!

You asked for it and you got it! We added power strips to many of the tables on floors 3-6. The power strips have both electrical outlets and USB ports. So charge your phone, laptop, and other devices while you study or hang out!

Login Problems with Search@UW

We’ve had reports of some library patrons getting a message in Search@UW that says “User ID not valid.  Please refer to Library staff for assistance.” We’ve noticed it usually happens when trying to request something from another library.  If this is happening to you, we want to know about it!  Please e-mail, and we will try to figure out what’s going on.  In the meantime – if you click on the Community Users link instead of the UWGB Students and Staff one, that login will accept the 16-digit barcode on your student ID and your last name, and you will be able to complete your request.

CQ Researcher: Database of the Month

Need to gather non-biased introductory and background information on current, social, and political issues? Try CQ Researcher. Each report covers topics in the news. A quick look at recent reports include:

  • US Trade Policy
  • Alternative Medicine
  • Government Surveillance
  • Sexual Assault in the Military
  • Preparing for Disaster

Each CQ Researcher report includes an introduction and overview of the topic, the current situation, outlook, a pro/con take on the issue written by experts, a chronology of important events, and a bibliography for gathering additional sources.

New e-Resources

New additions to our nearly 200 library databases include:

Films on Demand Master Academic: Over 6,000 streaming educational videos from a wide range of disciplines. Stream the videos online from anywhere and you can link to them or embed them into your D2L course.

Counseling & Therapy in Video: From Alexander Street Press, over 800 streaming videos related to counseling, social work, psychology, psychotherapy, and psychiatric counseling.

ArtSource: From EBSCO, this database covers fine arts, decorative arts, commercial arts, and architecture. It includes over 600 full-text journals, over 200 full-text books, and over 60,000 images.

Civil War Collection (Accessible Archives): Primary source materials from the U.S. Civil War time period, including selected midwestern and southern newspapers, soldiers’ journals, the memoirs of military leaders, and regimental histories of selected units.

What is Search@UW?

Search@UW is a new search tool that is the focus of our new library website!

In one convenient search you have access to:

  • UWGB books & media
  • UW System libraries books & media
  • Articles from most of the library’s databases, and much more.

Need more info? Check out our Search@UW Guide. Let us know if you have any questions!

9/11 – Walk the Stairs Event

The UWGB Wellness Committee and the UWGB Vets4Vets are sponsoring a 9/11 “Walk the Stairs” Remembrance Event at Cofrin Library on Wednesday, September 11 from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Join us!