Ladybugs eat aphids, cabbage moths, mites and other tiny insects. Because of their appetite for plant-eating pests, ladybugs are a beneficial component for any garden and act as a natural pesticide.Continue Reading
Ladybugs are tiny beetles easily recognized by their red-caped, black-spotted bodies. They are popular insects with small children because of their nonthreatening appearance. Gardeners appreciate their presence in their gardens because of their tendency to eat plant-killing pests.
A ladybug's lifespan is short, about three to six weeks, but during that time, it destroys a vast amount of garden pests such as aphids and mites. A single ladybug devours approximately 5,000 aphids before it dies. Ladybugs lay their eggs on leaves where aphids and other pests congregate. When a ladybug hatches, it immediately begins to feed on the other insects. Each ladybug lays about 1,000 eggs, so even a few ladybugs have the capacity to eradicate vast populations of garden pests.
For severe aphid or mite invasions, ladybugs may be purchased from a garden supply center and released into a garden as a natural alternative to chemical pesticides. Another method for attracting ladybugs and enjoying their benefits is to plant several flowers near the garden because ladybugs are drawn to pollinating plants.Learn more about Bugs