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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.... More »

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Despite their name, ladybugs are not actually bugs, and the "lady" in their name refers to the Virgin Mary. Ladybugs have two interesting defense mechanisms: their bright coloring and their blood. Over its lifetime, a la... More »

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Ladybugs are small beetles that grow to approximately 0.4 inches long and live from two to three years. These bugs are omnivores, making them a good choice for gardeners and farmers, since they eat insects that otherwise... More »

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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, thei... More »

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Wasps, flies and moths are all natural predators of the ladybug and will attack it at different stages of its development from its larval state to, more rarely, its adult state. Many flies and wasps are parasites to the ... More »

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Ladybugs are not poisonous, but they secrete a foul-tasting liquid when threatened by predators. This fluid is secreted from their joints. A threatened ladybug can also play dead to protect itself from a predator. More »

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Ladybugs can be red, yellow, orange, gray, black, brown or pink in color. When the adult ladybug first emerges from the pupa state, its colors and patterns look very dull. However, as the soft exoskeleton hardens, ladybu... More »

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