1 – Although ladybugs are completely harmless to humans, they actually eat common crop pests! Many farmers really purchase thousands of these tiny bugs to use as natural pest management. They can be bought in many sites, in sets of thousands that cost less than one cent per bug.
2 – While many ladybugs are bright red, they are available in all kinds of colors: yellow, orange, pink, brown, gray, black, even purple! The amount of spots in each insect can also be variable, and it’s usually one of the ways specialist use to determine their species.
3 – The reason why the majority of ladybugs are glowing red is because this color works as a protective mechanism of sorts. Most birds and other predators prevent picking on ladybugs because their color is instinctively interpreted as an indication of dangerous food.
4 – As an extra defense mechanism, ladybugs often curl up and”play dead” pulling their legs up alongside their body and releasing a bit of smelly liquid to scare off potential predators. This yellowish liquid is in fact their blood, and its odor is quite pungent. And this strategy does work!
5 – Male and Female Ladybugs look pretty much the same, except that the females are simply a little bit larger; also, when they partner the male is always on top. You could say they’re a bit conservative that way, but it is just how it works!
6 – There are thousands of different ladybug species on the planet, and over 500 species just in North America. Most of the species look very much the same for someone who’s not a specialist. A couple of species are strikingly different though, and look more like beetles.
In fact, some species don’t have any spots, while others have up to 24 spots per insect. The amount of spots on a ladybug does not change as it grows older, but its color may tend to fade.
8 – The life cycle of a ladybug encompasses an entire year at most; during this time, a female ladybug can lay several thousand eggs! And provided the ideal temperature and a safe environment, the majority of them are able to hatch and grow to become adult ladybugs.
9 – During the winter, these bugs have a tendency to group together to hibernate. At times, they’ll be found in clumps of millions, in certain regions of the globe! When Spring time arrives, they will once again scatter looking for food. It is the circle of life!