Family Coccinellidae

ladybug

Biology

Lady Bugs, or Ladybugs, have round bodies, either red or yellow, with black, red, yellow or white spots. Ladybugs are found in fields, forests and gardens and feed primarily on aphids and small insects. Ladybugs also prefer warmth, seeking out warm structures during the Fall months.

Ladybugs will lay their eggs, up to 500 during a lifetime, in clusters of bright yellow eggs on foliage near food supplies. Their lifespan is only 2-3 months.

Ladybugs are often used to control fruit eating insects.

Factoid

As a defense, ladybug adults will fall to the ground and “play dead.” They also can secrete an amber bad tasting fluid from the joints in their legs. (Factoid Source: Center for Insect Science Education Outreach, The University of Arizona)