The average lifespan of a ladybug is two years. Ladybugs are also known as ladybirds and are classified as beetles. There are over 5,000 species of ladybugs on the planet.Continue Reading
Ladybugs can be red, brown, yellow, orange, white or black. They are helpful to gardeners, since their prey consists of bugs that damage plants. Predators of the ladybug include birds, rodents, reptiles and other insects.
Ladybugs hibernate in large groups after summer when the weather becomes cooler. They do so to increase their chance of survival. Ladybugs may lay up to 2,000 eggs per year. Their eggs hatch in a few days, and after a couple of weeks, the larvae develops into pupa.Learn more about Beetles
Ladybugs can indeed bite. According to Dr. Linda Gilkeson, a former beneficial insect specialist with the Canadian government, ladybugs have no toxins or irritating saliva, so their bites are not dangerous; however, their jaws are just big enough that humans can feel them when they pinch the skin.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 >
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 >
Ladybugs are not poisonous, but they secrete a foul-tasting liquid when threatened by predators. This fluid is secreted from their joints. A threatened ladybug can also play dead to protect itself from a predator.Full Answer >