Coccinellidae, which are more commonly known as ladybugs in America, have six short legs. They are actually beetles, which is why scientists may refer to them as ladybird beetles or lady beetles.Continue Reading
The ladybug's brightly colored body, covered with spots, is designed to ward off predators. In addition, they are able to secrete a nasty-tasting solution from their legs when they feel threatened, which discourages predators.
Most ladybugs are considered useful garden insects. They eat aphids and other plant-eating pests that are commonly found in crops or gardens. For this reason, many farmers and gardeners purposely add bug-eating ladybugs to their crops. Among the approximately 5,000 varieties of ladybugs in existence, a few are actually harmful to crops; these include the Mexican bean beetle and the squash beetle.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 >
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 >
Most species of ladybug are not aggressive towards humans and therefore do not bite. All ladybugs have mouth parts that can be used for biting, but they are generally used for consuming small pest insects, such as the aphids which make up a majority of their diet. The one exception is the Asian ladybug, a swarming species that is more aggressive than the others.Full Answer >
Adult ladybugs and larvae can be found living in gardens, agricultural fields, wooded areas and on plants that are frequented by aphids, which are a primary source of food for many species. The beetles hibernate during winter months in clusters normally found under rocks, debris and leaf litter, but may also aggregate in homes if they can get in through cracks or crevices. They may begin to appear indoors in the autumn months when they leave their summer feeding areas in search of an insulated place to hibernate.Full Answer >