Ladybugs are insects, and like most insects, they have six legs. Ladybugs are a type of beetle and have a brightly-colored hard shell that covers their wings. Most ladybugs are red or orange with black spots.
Ladybugs are thought to be brightly colored as a warning to predators that they taste bad. Ladybugs can secrete a foul-tasting substance from their legs. There are around 5,000 different species of ladybugs.
Unlike most bugs, ladybugs are welcome guests practically anywhere. They eat aphids and other plant-consuming insects. Gardeners often purchase and release ladybugs in hopes of controlling the plant-eating pests in their gardens. Ladybugs use their antennae and legs to feel and smell their way around. They do not see very well and use their other senses to locate food.