1 – Even though ladybugs are completely harmless to humans, they really eat frequent crop pests! Many farmers really purchase thousands of these tiny bugs to utilize as natural pest management. They can be purchased in several sites, in sets of thousands that cost less than one cent per bug.
2 – While many ladybugs are bright red, they come in all kinds of colors: yellow, orange, pink, brown, gray, black, even purple! The number of spots in each bug is also variable, and it is usually one of the ways specialist use to determine their species.
3 – The reason why the majority of ladybugs are glowing red is because this colour works as a protective mechanism of sorts. Most birds and other predators avoid choosing on ladybugs because their color is instinctively interpreted as a sign of dangerous food.
4 – As an extra defense mechanism, ladybugs often curl up and”play dead” pulling their legs up next to their body and releasing a bit of smelly liquid to scare off potential predators. This yellowish liquid is actually their blood, and its smell is rather pungent. And this strategy does work!
5 – Male and Female Ladybugs look pretty much exactly the same, except that the females are just a tiny bit larger; also, when they mate the male is always on top. You could say they’re a little conservative that way, but it’s just how it works!
6 – There are thousands of different ladybug species on the planet, and more than 500 species just in North America. Most of the species look very much the exact same for someone who’s not a specialist. A few species are strikingly different, however, and look more like beetles.
7 – Not all ladybugs have stains! In fact, some species have no spots, while some have up to 24 spots per bug. The amount of spots on a ladybug does not change as it grows older, but its color may tend to fade.
8 – The life cycle of a ladybug encompasses an entire year at most; during this time, a female ladybug can lay more than one thousand eggs! And provided the ideal temperature and a secure environment, the majority of them can hatch and grow to become adult ladybugs.
9 – During the winter, these bugs tend to group together to hibernate. Sometimes, they’ll be seen in clumps of millions, in certain areas of the planet! When Spring time arrives, they will once more scatter searching for food.