Arthropod

Ladybug

Area: 
North, Central, and South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia
Habitat: 
Forests, meadows, weed patches, and gardens
Food: 
Aphids, fruit flies, and other small insects
Size: 
About the size of a child's pinky fingernail
Babies: 
Larvae hatch after 4 to 10 days.
When ladybugs fly, they beat their wings about 85 times per second.
Helpful, Hungry Insects

There is nothing ladylike about a ladybug's appetite: an adult may eat up to 75 aphids per day! They also eat fruit flies, thrips, mites, and other harmful, plantAny living thing that is not an animal. Plants live on sunlight and water instead of food. Plants generally cannot move on their own, and are not able to smell, hear, see, or touch.-sucking insects. In fact, they provide pestA plant or animal that humans believe to be harmful or annoying. removal services that many gardeners and farmers use instead of pesticides.

 

Ladybugs are a group of beetles that are also known as ladybird beetles, or lady beetles. The color on the wing covers (elytra) can be yellow, orange, or red and often has small black dots on it. Some speciesA group of individuals that have many of the same characteristics, and are different from all other animals in some important way. Hamsters and mice are two different species of rodent. are entirely black. There are about 5,000 kinds of ladybugs in the world, and not all of them have spots—some even have stripes. Many ladybugs are brightly colored to advertise to predators that they should be left alone. If disturbed, they can release a foul-smelling chemical from their "knees" to keep enemies away.

 

The female ladybug lays her tiny, golden eggs on the undersides of leaves, usually near an aphid colonyA group of the same kind of animal species living together.. Once hatched, the larvae eat about 350 to 400 aphids in the 2 weeks it takes them to become fully grown. As they grow, the larvae shed their skin several times. Once they are a certain size, the larvae stop eating and attach themselves to a plantAny living thing that is not an animal. Plants live on sunlight and water instead of food. Plants generally cannot move on their own, and are not able to smell, hear, see, or touch. leaf or stem. They then enter their next developmental stage, called the pupaThe stage between the larva and the adult in animals that have complete metamorphosis.. When it is time, the adult ladybug emerges from the pupaThe stage between the larva and the adult in animals that have complete metamorphosis..