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Ladybugs are known as ladybirds in many parts of the world. They are beetles with many useful qualities to humans, because they eat aphids and other pests that threaten crops. When their populations are not balanced by predation from birds, frogs and other creatures, they can become a pest. Generally, though, ladybugs are considered a favorite of children and adults everywhere.
Ladybugs eat insects. Some species feed on leaves and nectar.
This is definitely a creature that is doing well on its own.
- There is so much to say about the ladybug that it’s difficult to know where to begin. This beetle is the stuff of legend and lore and is considered in many cultures to be good luck! It is the state insect of Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio and Tennessee. There are more than 5,000 species in this family; there are at least 450 species native to North America.
Coccinellidae, many species within the family
Animalia, Arthropoda, Insecta, Coleoptera, Polyphaga, Cucujoidea, Coccinellidae
Place of Birth
Gardens, backyards, fields and other places throughout the world
About one-quarter inch long
Many color variations; typically thought of as red with black spots
Perhaps as long as a year
Where to See
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