Lady Bugs Protect Mall Of America's Greenery

Third graders released some 72,000 lady bugs inside the Minnesota mall this week. They are an alternative to pesticides. The lady bugs protect the greenery by eating aphids.

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Minnesota's Mall of America is home to some 500 stores, a theme park and now some 72,000 ladybugs. Third graders released them inside the shopping center this week. Ladybugs protect the mall's 30,000 plants by eating aphids. Some mall-goers worried the bugs might descend on the food court, but a spokesman says the mall has released the ladybugs for years, and there's been no ladybug takeover yet. It's MORNING EDITION.

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