Regardless of sex, male and female ladybugs are collectively referred to as just that — ladybugs. The name "ladybug" is an Americanized version of the European name for the same sort of beetle: "ladybird."Continue Reading
The term ladybird has been used in Europe for centuries, although the scientific name for the ladybug is Coccinella septempunctata. It is said to have been named for the Virgin Mary, whom some call "Our Lady." The ladybug is at the heart of the children's nursery rhyme, "Ladybird, Ladybird, Fly Away Home."
Because ladybugs can eat up to 5,000 aphids in their lifetimes, they are often raised commercially and sold to farmers and gardeners.Learn more about Bugs
Ladybugs eat aphids, which are tiny, soft-bodied insects that feed on plants. According to Ladybug Lady, a single ladybug can eat as many as 50 aphids in one day. Ladybugs eat both the larvae and the adult forms of the aphids, and for this reason, many farmers use ladybugs to control pests on their crops. Ladybugs obtain moisture and nutrition from the aphids they eat.Full Answer >
Most ladybug species are predators, preying upon other insects, especially aphids and scale insects, though they sometimes consume pollen in times of scarcity. The group known as Epilachninae are plant eaters and are considered agricultural pests.Full Answer >
Ladybugs mate by the male mounting the female of the species and deposit his sperm. The males are able to hang on to the females' hard wing coverings if the female tries to resist.Full Answer >
During flight, the shell of the ladybug raises to reveal light and gossamer wings, which are approximately four times bigger than the beetle's body. When the beetle is not flying, the shell closes to protect the wings. Red in color and sporting black spots, the shell of the ladybug is what makes it instantly recognizable.Full Answer >