Ladybugs Information

Ladybugs mating producing over 1000 eggs in lifetime
Ladybugs mating producing over 1000 eggs in lifetime

Some of Its Names:

  1. lady bugs 
  2. ladybugs 
  3. lady beetle 
  4. asiatic lady beetle 
  5. Asian Lady Beetle 
  6. Asian Lady Bugs 
  7. Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle

Some Interesting Facts

  • Worldwide there are nearly 5,000 different kinds of ladybugs of which 400 are found in North America. 
  • When it flies a ladybug will flap its wings approximately 500 times a minute . 
  • In her lifetime a female ladybug will lay more than 1000 eggs. 
  • People chew up and down but ladybugs chew from side to side. 
  • If you filed a gallon jug it would hold about 72,000 to 80,000 ladybugs. 
  • Ladybugs protect themselves by producing a chemical that smells and tastes terrible, therefore, keeps birds and other predators away. 
  • The Asian Lady Beetle will live up to 2-3 years if the conditions are optimal. 
  • A lady bug can bite you but the bite will not hurt. 
  • The ladybug’s spots will fade as they get older. 
  • When in hibernation, ladybugs survive by eating their own stored fat. 
  • Their favorite food is aphids. 
  • Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Tennessee have the ladybug as the official state insect. 
  • The female lady bug is usually larger than the male. 
  • If the temperature is below 55 degrees F you will not see lady bugs flying. 
  • Lady beetles are not structure-damaging pests, unlike insects such as termites and carpenter ants. 
  • Lady beetles do not chew or bore holes in walls or eat carpet or furniture. 
  • They do not lay their eggs in homes.

Ladybug-lore from Around the World
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happy ladybug laughing out loud
happy ladybug laughing out loud
  • At one time, doctors would mash up ladybugs and put them in a cavity to cure a toothache. 
  • Count the number of spots on a ladybug and that is how many dollars you will soon receive, if you find a ladybug in your house. 
  • The English believe finding a ladybug means that you will have a good harvest. 
  • The French believe if you are sick and a ladybug lands on you, when it flies away, it will take the sickness with it. 
  • You will have good luck if you find a ladybug in your house in the winter . 
  • The Swedish folks believe that if a ladybug lands on a young maiden’s hand, she will soon be getting married. 
  • If a ladybug has more than seven spots, then there will be a famine. If it has less than seven, then there will be a good harvest. 
  • Want to know how many children you will have count the number of spots on a ladybug.

Common species that are found in the USA

  • convergent lady beetle – referring to a pair of white convergent dashes on the prothorax 
  • sevenspotted lady beetle 
  • transverse lady beetle 
  • ninespotted lady beetle 
  • mexican bean beetle – considered a pest- a defoliator of soybeans and green beans 
  • fourteenspotted lady beetle 
  • twospotted lady beetle 
  • pine lady beetle 
  • twicestabbed lady beetle – with two red spots 
  • elevenspotted lady beetle 
  • fifteenspotted lady beetle 
  • eyespotted lady beetle 
  • thirteenspotted lady beetle 
  • parenthesis Iady beetIe 
  • Timberlake spotted lady beetle

More Ladybugs Information

If you were to see a red and black bug crawling on your window sill there is good chance it was a lady bird beetle or as some people call them lady bugs. Lady bugs are among our most beneficial insects mainly because they love to eat aphids so much. Most people hold a favorable liking to these bugs.

The beetle family to which they belong, Coccinellidae, means “little sphere”. Scientist have logged approximately 4000 species around the world and roughly 350 species in North America. The species can be identified by the patterns and spots on their wing covers or spheres.

Like all beetles, the lady beetles have a life cycle with distinct egg, larval, pupal, and adult stages. It seems to have one generation per year. The adults of the Convergent Lady Beetle will hibernate in places like ground vegetation, buildings and tree trunks. Spring is the time for the adults to leave and start their reproduction mating.

The life cycle starts with:

Ladybug eggs in different incubation period
Ladybug eggs in different incubation period
  •  deposit of the eggs 
  •  larvae merge from the eggs after about 1 week and start eating 
  •  pupal stage is next and only lasts 1 week 
  •  adult stage brings on their vast appetite for aphids 
  •  fall season they prepare to hibernate by consuming pollen, a source of fat to eat overwinter

The average appetite of lady beetles is quite remarkable. One adult female may consume up to 75 aphids a day while the smaller male may consume up to 40 aphids. A larva may eat up to 350 aphids during its life span.

Goobye Aphid, time for lunch
Goobye Aphid, time for lunch

Mexican Bean Beetle
Mexican Bean Beetle is unwanted relative of the good lady bug
Most lady beetles are predatory but a few species are plant feeders and one of these, The Mexican Bean Beetle, a species of the lady bug family, is a varmint by feeding on foliage of plants. The scale, a garden pest, came from Australia and the lady beetle there was one of its natural enemies. The scale was under control when the lady beetle was imported.

 
 

Lady beetles have several means of protection.

ladybug
ladybug
1. The lady bug’s red or orange and black coloration tells birds that they would not make a very tasty meal. Birds soon learn that insects that are red, black, yellow and black usually sting or taste bad and hence they leave such insects alone.

2. Another method of protection is that the bug will play dead and the predators won’t eat an insect that doesn’t move

3. They may produce a foul smell from joints in their legs that may help protect.

4. The crocodile shaped larva puts on a fearsome look to other predators.

5. They will bite despite their size that may be remembered.

Lady bugs live in a wide variety of habitats and live in many different locations in our environment. Look for them in trees, fields, shrubs, lawns, beaches, and houses.

Related How To article: How to Attract Ladybugs

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