Cute, bright and a sure sign of summer, ladybugs find their way into our hearts.
They are a wildly known species – but how much do you REALLY know about ladybugs?
We’ve compiled this short blog ‘7 Things You Didn’t Know About Ladybugs’ to tell you more about them.
1.) Ladybugs AREN’T bugs?!?
Ladybugs are in fact beetles! Many entomologist (scientists who study bugs) prefer to call them Lady Beetles, as they are part of the “Coleoptera” family which is the family of beetles.
2.) They come in a RAINBOW of colours
Most of us have seen the red ladybug with black spots, but ladybugs comes in an array of beautiful colours. Some have stripes, squiggles, are all black with red spots, and more.
3.) They defend themselves with a toxic chemical.
But don’t you worry! You would have to ingest many pounds of ladybugs to bring harm to yourself (unless you’re allergic!). This toxin tastes awful to birds and other predators and is linked to the colour of the ladybug, so the brighter they are, the stronger the toxin.
4.) Ladybugs survive the winter as adults!
Cuddling together in large groups, adult ladybugs enter a state of rest or deep sleep to survive the winter, and come up when the warm weather hits.
5.) They are named after the Virgin Mary
European farmers would pray to the Virgin Mary to save their crops from insects. Ladybugs arrived and ate and rid their crops of all the insects, and that led to farmers naming them “Beetle of Our Lady”. Pssssst. Check out our Blog – 6 Edible Wilds You Didn’t Know You Could Eat!
6.) Telling the age of a Ladybug by counting the spots – Fact or Fiction?
This is indeed, a myth!
The number of spots, colour and shape of the body, can all assist in determining the species though!
7.) What do ladybugs eat?
Well – they eat…A LOT! One ladybug can eat up to 5,000 insects in its lifetime! Most ladybugs have oval, dome-shaped bodies with six short legs. Depending on the species, they can have spots, stripes, or no markings at all. Seven-spotted ladybugs are red or orange with three spots on each side and one in the middle.
Next time you see a Ladybug in your house, try helping it out and let it outside.
These bright and colourful beetles are great in protecting your plants and bring some brightness to your day.
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