1 – Even though ladybugs are completely harmless to people, they really eat frequent crop pests! Many farmers actually purchase thousands of these very small bugs to use as natural pest control. They can be purchased in many websites, in sets of thousands that cost less than 1 cent per bug.
2 – While many ladybugs are bright red, they are available in all kinds of colors: orange, yellow, pink, brown, gray, black, even purple! The amount of spots in each bug is also variable, and it’s usually one of those ways specialist use to find out their species.
Most birds and other predators avoid choosing on ladybugs because their colour is instinctively interpreted as a sign of dangerous food.
4 – As an excess defense mechanism, ladybugs often curl up and”play dead” pulling their legs up alongside their body and releasing a bit of smelly liquid to frighten off potential predators. This yellowish liquid is in fact their blood, and its odor is quite pungent. And this strategy does work!
5 – Male and Female Ladybugs look pretty much the same, except the females are simply a little bit larger; also, when they partner the man is always on top. You could say they are a little conservative that way, but it’s exactly how it works!
6 – There are thousands of different ladybug species in the world, and over 500 species only in North America. Most of the species look very much the exact same for somebody who’s not a professional. A couple of species are strikingly different though, and look more like beetles.
In actuality, some species have no spots, while some have up to 24 spots per insect. The amount of spots on a ladybug does not change as it grows old, but its color may tend to fade.
And provided the ideal temperature and a safe environment, the majority of them can hatch and grow to become adult ladybugs.
9 – During the winter, these bugs have a tendency to group together to hibernate. At times, they’ll be found in clumps of millions, in certain areas of the planet! It’s the circle of life!