These red and black cute little backyard creatures are smarter than you think!
𝑫𝒊𝒅 𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝑲𝒏𝒐𝒘?
♨️ Ladybugs have intricate and interesting ways of protecting itself from predators.
♨️ Birds, frogs, wasps, and spiders are just the tip of the iceberg of the predators that hunt the ladybug.
𝑩𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒄𝒍𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒕𝒍𝒆 𝒄𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒂 𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒄𝒌 𝒖𝒑 𝒊𝒕𝒔 𝒔𝒍𝒆𝒆𝒗𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒅.
It pretends to be dead and goes into an upside-down position and secretes an yellowish foul-tasting liquid from it’s leg, producing a rotten odour that drives predators away. Believe it or not, but this yucky yellow fluid is their blood!
𝑳𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝑪𝒚𝒄𝒍𝒆 𝑶𝒇 𝑨 𝑳𝒂𝒅𝒚𝒃𝒖𝒈
🔴 Just like humans, ladybugs have a life cycle and live for typically for about a year.
⚫️ After the female lays her eggs, they hatch anywhere from 3-10 days depending on the temperature.
🔴 As the weeks progress, they soon become larvae, which is an active immature form of an insect that is different from what it will be when it is an adult.
⚫️ Next, the larvae become a pupa, which is the transformation stage of an immature baby insect to an adult.
🔴 And lastly, the adult ladybugs are the insects we know them to be.
🐞 Ladybug and ladybird refers to the same insect, a Coccinellidae beetle.
🐞 One ladybug can eat around 5000 insects in its lifetime!
🐞 There are almost 400 different types of ladybugs.
🐞 When food is scarce, ladybugs might eat their own eggs and larvae (their children) eeks!
🐞 Some say ladybugs are meant to be a sign of good luck.
𝑺𝒑𝒐𝒕 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑫𝒊𝒇𝒇𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆
A dangerous look alike to the ladybug is the Asian Lady Beetle, but there’s one distinctive marking that will make it easy to spot the difference between the two…the Asian Lady Beetle has a tell-tale white ‘M’ shaped marking on the back of its black head.
Did you know the study of insects is called 𝑬𝒏𝒕𝒐𝒎𝒐𝒍𝒐𝒈𝒚?