There are about 5,000 different species of ladybugs in the world. These critters are also known as lady beetles or ladybird beetles. They come in many different colors and patterns, but the most familiar is the seven-spotted ladybug. In many cultures, ladybugs are considered good luck.
Ladybugs lay their eggs in clusters or rows on the underside of a leaf, mainly where aphids have gathered.
Larvae, which vary in shape and color based on species, emerge in a few days.
Ladybug larvae are long, black, and spiky-looking with orange or yellow spots. They look like tiny alligators, don’t you think?
When larvae reach full size, they attach to a leaf by their tail, and a pupa is formed.
Within a week or two, the pupa becomes an adult ladybug.
Ladybugs are most active from spring until fall. When the weather turns cold, they look for a warm, secluded place to hibernate.
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