Why Do Ladybugs Have Spots?

Ladybugs with Spots

When you think of a ladybug, you probably have a picture in your mind of a little beetle that is bright red with several black spots on it. That is how most people picture ladybugs and these are the most well known of all of the ladybug species. Not all ladybugs have black spots on … Read more

Ladybug Anatomy

Ladybug Anatomy 2

There are eight parts to the ladybug anatomy, each with its own purpose. A ladybug is an insect, a beetle actually, and it has most of the same anatomical parts as every other insect, as well as a few parts that are distinctive to the ladybug. All ladybugs are less than inch long, oval or … Read more

Gold Ladybug

Gold Ladybug

The gold ladybug is actually the golden tortoise beetle that is native to the Americas. They are variable in color from reddish-brown with black spots through gold, and often metallic, earning it the nickname “goldbug”. The color changes through its development, during mating, and during times of disturbance, such as when it is touched by … Read more

Ladybug Life Cycle

Ladybug Life Cycle

The ladybug life cycle is not much different from the life cycle of a butterfly. The ladybug goes through the same four stages as a butterfly, the egg stage, the larvae stage, the pupa stage, and the adult ladybug stage. You know what adult ladybugs look like, but you wouldn’t even recognize them before they get … Read more

Red Ladybug

Red Ladybug

There are about 5,000 different species of ladybugs in the world. These much loved critters are also known as lady beetles or ladybird beetles. They come in many different colors and patterns, but the most familiar in North America is the seven-spotted ladybug, with its shiny, red-and-black body. In many cultures, ladybugs are considered good … Read more