What Are the Different Colors of Ladybugs?

Ladybugs can be red, yellow, orange, gray, black, brown or pink in color. When the adult ladybug first emerges from the pupa state, its colors and patterns look very dull. However, as the soft exoskeleton hardens, ladybugs develop their characteristic bright colors. In nature, these bright colors are indicative of an animal being poisonous or foul tasting or having the ability to defend itself.