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Where Do Ladybugs Live?

Sep-19-2009 By Barbara Zak
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Ladybugs, also known by their scientific name of  Coccinellidae,  are a member of the family of beetles.  They are also known as ladybirds in (British English, Australian English, and South African English speaking countries),  and ladybugs is the preferred term in North America.  Some scientist refer to them as lady beetles.

Ladybugs (Coccinellids) are found worldwide, in almost any type of climate, and in wetlands. However, they won’t fly if the temperature is below 55 degrees fahrenheit.  There are over 5,000 species described, with more than 450 species that are native to North America alone.  They are small insects, ranging from 1 mm to 10 mm (0.04 to 0.4 inches), and are usually yellow, orange, or scarlet with small black spots on their wings, with six black legs, their head and antennae are also usually black.

A ladybug standing on a leaf. Photograph taken...
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In the spring,  the female ladybug lays her tiny, pale yellow eggs in clusters of ten to 50 on the underside of plant leaves, near colonies of aphids. Three to five days later the larvae hatch. They look much like miniature alligators, usually gray or black, with bright spots.

After hatching, the larva immediately start killing and eating aphids. A single ladybug consumes about 5,000 aphids in his or her lifetime: 400 aphids are consumed, just in the larva stage.  Two to three weeks later, the larva pupates on a leaf, and transforms to an adult. Then as an adult, consumes another 4600 aphids in their lifetime.

During the summer, ladybugs live in shrubs, branches, and flowers, in fields, gardens, and on plants . During autumn , they form a colony called coleptera.  Then, they find and crawl to protective hiding places, such as tree stumps, cracks in wood, or in ground cover types of vegetation.  This then becomes a place to hibernate–at the base of a tree, along a fence row, under a fallen tree, or even under a rock. They crawl under leaves to protect themselves from the winter cold.  The fascinating thing is, they can hibernate in groups of 50 to 100 million, to produce and conserve warmth.  Most ladybugs only live for several months, but some can survive longer.

Generally, ladybugs are considered useful insects, as many species feed on aphids or scale insects, which are pests in gardens, agricultural fields, orchards, and similar places. There fore, they have been termed as a ” gardeners best friend”.  Some people consider seeing them or having them land on their body, to be a sign of “good luck”.

See where the cutest ladybugs live!

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  1. Ann Martin Said,

    Thanks for the interesting article! I learned a thing or two. I had no idea ladybugs hibernated in the winter, sometimes in large groups.
    .-= Ann Martin´s last blog ..Book Signing October 17th at Legacy Books in Plano =-.

  2. Dr.prahallad Panda Said,

    Interesting information.
    .-= Dr.prahallad Panda´s last blog ..Foreignbody in Respiratory Tract & Accidental Entry. =-.

  3. Barbara Rae Said,

    @ Ann Martin,

    Thank-You for stopping by and commenting. I’m glad you found the information of interest to you. :)

  4. Barbara Rae Said,

    @ Dr. prahallad Panda,

    Thanks for commenting! :)

  5. cady Said,

    I’ve always liked lady bugs. They’re the only bugs I’m not scared of!
    .-= cady´s last blog ..29 Weeks =-.

  6. Irdana Said,

    У данной статьи четко выраженный информативный стиль, большое спасибо Вам!

  7. Barbara Rae Said,

    @ cady,

    I’m glad you’re not afraid of them. They really are useful little critters! :)

  8. Barbara Rae Said,

    @ Irdana,

    Translation form Bable Fish.

    This article has the clearly expressed informative style, the many thanks to you!

    Thanks to you as well. I’m glad you enjoyed the information! :)

  9. vein Said,

    And they are very cute :)
    .-= vein´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

  10. Jordasche Bledsoe Said,

    Hi, I am visiting from Adgitize. I love lady bugs, thanks for sharing this info :)

  11. Barbara Rae Said,

    @ vein,

    Yes, I think so too! :)

  12. Barbara Rae Said,

    @ Jordasche Bledsoe,

    You are very welcome. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

  13. Dorothy Stahlnecker Said,

    I love ladybugs and now I now why and I really enjoyed this post.

    Dorothy from grammology
    grammology.com
    .-= Dorothy Stahlnecker´s last blog ..Vacations can be exhausting =-.

  14. Barbara Rae Said,

    @ Dorothy Stahlnecker,

    I’m glad you enjoyed the post ..and Thanks for stopping by to comment!

  15. corrin Said,

    I love lady bugs. Interesting info!
    .-= corrin´s last blog ..Kitchen Scissors =-.

  16. Barbara Rae Said,

    @ corrin,

    Thank-You! :)

  17. Karen Said,

    Very interesting! I love the picture. Red is the color I think all lady bugs should be.

  18. Barbara Rae Said,

    @ Karen,

    Oh, I totally agree with you on that! :)

  19. Vike Said,

    Блог отличный. Награду бы Вам за него или просто орден почета. :)

  20. Barbara Rae Said,

    @ Vike,

    Translation from BabelFish.

    [Blog] is outstanding. The reward to you for it or it is simple the order of honor. :)

    Thank-You for your kind words. It is an honor and a pleasure to be so well received. I’m glad you enjoyed your visit here! :)

  21. ConnieFoggles Said,

    I’ve always loved ladybugs since I was a child and that’s a long time. It was fun to learn more about them. Love the photo too.
    .-= ConnieFoggles´s last blog ..Cooking Lessons In Branson =-.

  22. Barbara Rae Said,

    @ ConnieFoggles,

    I’m glad you had a fun learning experience. That’s what I love to hear, and what I hope, keeps you coming back to visit! :)

  23. serg Said,

    а с украины почемуто божьи коровки убежали, уже пару лет невидно

  24. Barbara Said,

    @ serg,
    Translation from bablefish:
    and [pochemuto] ladybugs ran away from the Ukraine, already the pair of years it is unnoticeable

    If it is the Asian Ladybugs, you want them to run away. The others can be helpful. :)

  25. Rebecca Burgener Said,

    Barbara,

    Thanks for this article. I’m about to write a ladybug fable for my blog. I’m thinking something with a sea turtle. It goes live Monday.

    Anyway, thanks for the information!

    Rebecca

  26. Barbara Said,

    @ Rebecca Burgener,

    Thanks for your comment. I made corrections. I will be sure to stop by, and
    read you ladybug fable. :)

  27. Yvonne Said,

    Thank you for posting this! It really helped me with an arthropod project and paper I had to do:)

  28. Barbara Said,

    @ Yvonne,

    Thank-You! Glad,I could be of help! :)

  29. amara Said,

    hi thanks for that fascinating info, i do have a problem though its late september and the ladybirds are hibernating in my bedroom, in each corner of the window next to the curtains there is about 20 in each corner and every day the number is increasing HELP what should i do?

  30. Barbara Said,

    @ amara,

    Oh boy! If they are in your house, I’m not sure of a safe and kind way to get rid of them.
    You may have to call someone. I hate the thoughts of killing a relatively harmless bug, but
    YOU don’t want to live with them either. See if there is some natural, and non chemical way to
    remove them from your house. Let me know what you find out, and good luck.

  31. Awesome Said,

    Ladybugs rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):):)

  32. Barbara Said,

    @ Awesome,

    I think so too!