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Animal's Behavior

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.

Eating Habits

Ladybugs eat insects. Some species feed on leaves and nectar.


Virtually everywhere.

Conservation Efforts

This is definitely a creature that is doing well on its own.

Animal Facts

  • 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.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

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

Conservation Status

Least Concern

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