Plant Insects

Ladybug

Coccinellidae

Appearance

Image of Ladybug
  • 0.1 to 1 cm long.
  • Yellow, orange, or red with small black spots on their wings.

Lifecycle

  • Mate in Spring or Summer
  • Female can lay anything up to a few hundred eggs at a time.
  • Larvae are spiny, black and have brightly coloured spots.
  • Small life cycle of between 4–7 weeks.

Habits

  • Feeding - aphids, small insects and mites. A ladybug can eat around 5,000 aphids in its lifetime. Larvae are also predators for food.
  • Location - predatory ladybirds are usually found on plants where aphids or scale insects are.
  • The spots and bright colours make them unappealing to predators. If a ladybug feels threatened it will secrete a fluid which is foul to taste.