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All About Ladybugs
Even if you hate bugs, the ladybug seems to be the one most people think are cute and don’t even mind if it lands on them. This may be because the ladybug is one of the more friendly and pretty bugs – with their bright red bodies and black spots. Plus, how bad could a bug be with “lady” in its name?
The ladybug may be considered nice looking by us, but that bright color is a reminder to its predators that it tastes awful. However, just to be sure this little bug doesn’t stop there. When it feels threatened it secretes a foul tasting liquid from the joints in its legs. So even if a bird tries to eat the ladybug it will soon learn its lesson. In addition to trying to stay away from birds, the ladybug also has to defend itself against frogs, spiders, dragonflies and wasps.
This little red bug only measures about 0.3 to 0.4 inches (8 to 10 millimeters) in length but it has a voracious appetite. The ladybug preys on plant-eating insects like aphids and are considered a welcome guest on any farmer’s crop where these tiny pests lurk. The female ladybug will also seek out areas where the aphids are abundant to lay her eggs. She lays hundreds of eggs and from the moment they hatch they begin to feed. They can live up to 2 years and are capable of eating around 5,000 insects during this time. So you can see why farmers would make way for these bugs – free labor!
However, out of the 5,000 different species of this bug not all of them are helpful. In fact, some are downright destructive, feeding not on the plant-eaters, but on the plants themselves. The Mexican Bean Beetle and Squash Beetle are both members of the ladybug family but can quickly do damage to these crops if left to their own devices.
In many cultures the ladybug is considered good luck. In the US and Canada when a ladybug lands on you, you should recite this poem; “Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home, your house is on fire and your children are gone…” This encourages it to leave faster so you can take note of the direction it goes – this will be where your luck comes from.
In Sweden if a ladybug crawls across an unmarried woman’s hand she will soon be walking down the aisle. In some areas the number of spots plays a role in your fortune. Germany has the legend that a less than seven-spotted ladybug will bring a good harvest. In French and in Austria the ladybug is a sign of good weather ahead. Chinese people are happy to see one inside of their dwelling as it is a sign of good luck. Wow, who knew the ladybug had so much magical power?
The ladybug may be just one of the many garden visitors we have in the summer, but it is also a truly fascinating part of the insect world. Check out more information on the web about this helpful/destructive insect.
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