Both male and female ladybugs are called ladybugs. Ladybugs are also known as ladybird beetles. They live in forests, gardens and weed patches.
Ladybugs are tiny insects that have spotted, oval-shaped dome bodies. They have antennae and short legs, and most ladybugs are red or orange.
There are nearly 5,000 species of ladybugs worldwide. Most species consume plant-eating insects, which helps farmers protect their crops. An adult ladybug can eat up to 75 aphids a day.
If ladybugs are threatened, they can release a chemical that makes them taste horrible to predators. The predators associate the color combinations with the chemicals and learn to avoid ladybugs.
The average life span of a ladybug in the wild is 2 to 3 years.