The presence and color of the spots on a ladybug's back are meant to make them unappealing to predators, according to National Geographic. There are more than 5,000 species of ladybug beetles and not all have spots. The ... More »

The black spots on a ladybug's back work as a defense mechanism, as the insects possess a chemical that tastes bitter to small animals and birds. When a potential predator is near, the ladybug's spots and bright colors s... More »

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Ladybugs have defensive strategies, hard outer shells, the ability to fly, distinct colorations and secret potent substances to protect themselves from predators and survive in their environments. Ladybugs are among the ... More »

The black spots on a ladybug's back work as a defense mechanism, as the insects possess a chemical that tastes bitter to small animals and birds. When a potential predator is near, the ladybug's spots and bright colors s... More »

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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 »

Adult ladybugs only live for three to nine months. The spots fade slightly as the ladybug gets older. The number of spots on a ladybug indicates its species, not its age. So, seven-spotted ladybugs have seven spots their... More »

The ladybug's scientific name is Coccinella septempunctata. According to the University of Florida's department of Entomology & Nematology, the name is a shortened derivative of the European term "ladybird" that has been... More »