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.Learn more about Beetles