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Do ladybugs eat plants?

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One particular species of the ladybug, which is known as the Mexican bean beetle, eats plants and is considered to be a pest. Although most ladybugs are carnivores, some also eat mushrooms, pollen and mildew.

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Although the diet of the ladybug varies by species, most ladybugs are beloved by farmers for their propensity to eat aphids, a pest that sucks the sap from plants and is known for its ability to destroy crops. Just one ladybug can eat up to 5,000 crop-destroying aphids in its lifetime.

Some ladybugs are raised commercially and sold to farmers to help control the occurrence of aphids.

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