Multicolored Asian lady beetles are very similar in appearance to ladybugs. As the name suggests, they are native to Asia, though they are now commonly found in the United States as well.Continue Reading
Multicolored Asian lady beetles were purposely introduced to the United States in 1916 in an attempt to control other pest populations, according to the US Department of Agriculture. Though they are beneficial as a form of natural pest control, they are not usually welcomed house guests. When stepped on or angered, the multicolored Asian lady beetle releases a foul-smelling fluid that can stain upholstery and carpeting.
This insect is sometimes referred to as the Halloween lady beetle, according to Ohio State University. This is because the coloring on the beetle can be more orange than red, creating the look of a polka dotted pumpkin.Learn more about Zoology
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 >
While the foul flavor of ladybugs teaches most mammals and birds to avoid eating them, it does not affect toads, and they are frequent predators of these small, helpful insects. Toads use their long, sticky tongues to catch ladybugs, just as they do other flying insects.Full Answer >
Ladybugs eat aphids, cabbage moths, mites and other tiny insects. Because of their appetite for plant-eating pests, ladybugs are a beneficial component for any garden and act as a natural pesticide.Full Answer >
The aye-aye is a lemur that eats beetles. It uses long, thin fingers and sharp teeth to gnaw through tree bark to find beetles, insect larvae, nuts, seeds and fungi. The yellow-naped woodpecker catches flying beetles in midair and forages for them in the underbrush. The panther chameleon, gecko and Gray's monitor are lizards that eat beetles. Bats and rats also eat beetles of all sizes.Full Answer >