a.k.a Lady Beetles
How did the Ladybug get its name?
L. Patricia Kite writes in her book “Ladybug Facts and Lore” that hundreds of years ago, farmers were grateful that these tiny insects protected their grapevines, so they called it “our lady’s beetle,” believing it had been sent from heaven.
Scientifically speaking, Ladybugs belong to the Class: Insecta (insects), the Order: Coleoptera, and the Family: Coccinellidae. They’re not actually bugs, they’re beetles!
Not all ladybugs are ladies.
There are boy ladybugs and girl ladybugs.
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Did you know that a single ladybug can eat as many as 5,000 aphids in its lifetime?
Ladybug adults and larvae can eat huge numbers of pesky insects (especially tiny little aphids!) This is why ladybugs are considered by gardeners and farmers as BENEFICIAL to the environment.
How long do ladybugs live?
Can you believe these tiny insects can live 1 year, some species (types) live 2 to 3 years? Ladybugs have a life cycle that is similar to the butterfly. They go through a complete metamorphosis. The time between egg and mature adult is about 7 weeks.
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Where do ladybugs live?
Ladybugs can be found almost worldwide but especially in warmer climates. There are about 5,000 different species of ladybugs in the world! About 400 species live in North America and about 175 of them live in California alone!
- A female ladybug will lay more than 1000 eggs in her lifetime but they are so small you can hardly see them.
- Ladybugs chew from side to side and not up and down like people do.
- A gallon jar will hold from 72,000 to 80,000.
- The ladybug uses its front legs to clean its head and its antennae.
- The spots on a ladybug fade as the ladybug gets older, and some don’t even have spots.
- Their spots can also warn predators that they are poisonous, especially to lizards and birds.