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Red Black LadybugSometimes called ladybugs, sometimes called ladybirds, and sometime called lady beetles, these insects live all around the world. They commonly live in agricultural areas, as they feed on aphids which feed on the crops. They also live in gardens, meadows, and shrubbery.

With over 6,000 species in their family, ladybugs have a variety of appearances. Some are red with black spots, some with only a few spots. Others are yellow or orange or brown. Some have stripes or zigzag patterns rather than stripes. Others are entirely black. Regardless of their coloration or shape, all ladybugs are small: less than an inch long.

 

Black and Orange LadybugThere are four stages of a ladybug’s life. First they are eggs laid on leaves which should be abundant with aphids. As many as a thousand eggs might be laid at one time. Then they hatch as larvae. After this stage, they become pupae. The pupal stage lasts a couple of weeks, after which point they are fully grown and they can spread their wings and fly. Ladybugs’ wings are kept safe under their domed outer shell, called an elytra.

Ladybugs are beetles, which explains why entomologists prefer to call them lady beetles, so why are they also called ladybirds or ladybugs? Calling these beetles ladybirds refers to the popular pattern of some species, with seven black spots against a red background. In some paintings, Virgin Mary was depicted with a red cloak. The seven spots were connected with the seven joys and seven sorrows of Mary, which are events in her life that are common images in devotional artwork. Therefore, the name ladybird arose, from “Our Lady’s Bird”. In North America, the name was changed to ladybug.

 

Ladybug Color VarietyLadybugs don’t migrate, they hibernate. When the populations of the insects they feed on decreases, ladybugs flock together (their group name is a loveliness). They lay their eggs before winter sets in and then hibernate. It may be many months until they are active again. During this time, they rely on fat reserves to not starve. In times of scarcity, ladybugs will lay many infertile eggs. When the larvae hatch, they will have these infertile eggs to eat. In times of abundance, there are far fewer infertile eggs.

 

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