There are no true green ladybugs. However, certain species of spotted cucumber beetles resemble ladybugs, and there are vivid yellow ladybug beetles that may appear green under certain lighting conditions.Continue Reading
Ladybugs, or ladybirds, are small beetles belonging to the family Coccinellidae. These beetles are often vivid shades of red, orange or yellow and most have two or more black spots. There are also white ladybugs and ladybugs with orange spots on a black background. The vibrant colors of ladybugs serve as a warning to predators that these beetles have a particularly unpleasant taste. There are, however, no truly green ladybug beetles.
Small, green black-spotted beetles do exist. One such beetle is the spotted cucumber beetle. These colorful beetles belong to the family Chrysomelidae. While many ladybug species are often helpful predators of garden pests, such as aphids, cucumber beetles are themselves pests. Adult beetles damage the leaves of crop plants like cucumbers and soybeans. The larval form, the corn rootworm, burrows into and damages young plant roots. Cucumber beetles are greenish yellow with six black spots on each wing cover. The body is a more distinct oval than most ladybug species and the antennae are more noticeable. Like the cucumber beetle, some ladybug species are actually pests, feeding on plants rather than nuisance insects.Learn more about Beetles
Ladybugs' bright red color exists to frighten predators away from eating them. Despite their name, ladybugs are actually beetles and are not members of the true bug family, which includes ladybugs' favorite food, aphids. In its lifetime, a ladybug can eat up to 5,000 aphids, plant lice or whiteflies.Full Answer >
Adult ladybugs and larvae can be found living in gardens, agricultural fields, wooded areas and on plants that are frequented by aphids, which are a primary source of food for many species. The beetles hibernate during winter months in clusters normally found under rocks, debris and leaf litter, but may also aggregate in homes if they can get in through cracks or crevices. They may begin to appear indoors in the autumn months when they leave their summer feeding areas in search of an insulated place to hibernate.Full Answer >
Most species of ladybug are not aggressive towards humans and therefore do not bite. All ladybugs have mouth parts that can be used for biting, but they are generally used for consuming small pest insects, such as the aphids which make up a majority of their diet. The one exception is the Asian ladybug, a swarming species that is more aggressive than the others.Full Answer >
Wasps, flies and moths are all natural predators of the ladybug and will attack it at different stages of its development from its larval state to, more rarely, its adult state. Many flies and wasps are parasites to the ladybug, using its body as a platform to raise and feed their young after laying eggs under the ladybug's exoskeleton by means of stingers or bodily invasion.Full Answer >