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Ladybugs are happy in many different habitats, including grasslands, forests, cities, suburbs, and along rivers.
Ladybugs are most active from spring until fall. They hid in rotting logs, under rocks, or even inside houses when it is cold.
Some consider ladybugs good luck. Farmers love them because they eat aphids and other plant-eating pests. One ladybug can eat up to 5,000 insects in its lifetime!
Images from flickr
Ladybug Liftoff by Mr Clean 1982
Ladybirds and their eggs by Paulo Henrique Zioli
Ladybug larvae_IMG_9806_edited-1 by Carla Kishinami
Immature Ladybugs by Amayu
Ladybug Eating Aphid by Bbum
Lady story by Sanna nixi
Its Pink ! and Lil ladybug by aussiegall
Information from: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/Animals/CreatureFeature/Ladybug
*Spots fade as they age
*Beat their wings up to 85 times per second
*Breathe through openings on their sides
*Will lay 2,000 eggs in it's life
*Can retract its head into it's body
*Are known to fight with ants over aphids
Ladybugs are colorful for a reason. Their markings tell predators: "Eat something else! I taste terrible." When scared the bugs will secrete an oily, foul-tasting fluid from joints in their legs. They also play dead. Their main predators are birds, but frogs, wasps, spiders and dragonflies also eat them.
They have oval, dome-shaped bodies with six short legs. Some have spots stripes or no markings. Seven-spotted ladybugs are red or orange with three spots on each side and one in the middle. They have a black head with white patches on each side.
Ladybugs lay eggs under leaves. Larvae emerge in a few days. Larvae grow quickly and shed their skin many times. When they are full size, they grab on to a leaf by their tail, and a pupa is formed. After a week or two, the pupa becomes an adult ladybug.
Listen to how the ladybug got its name.