Fascinating Facts About Ladybugs
by Penelope Lawson, age 8
Did you know that there are more than 4,000 types of ladybugs in the world? Ladybugs can live in cold and hot places, including the tropics and northern countries.
All ladybugs have round bodies. They can be yellow, red or orange with black spots or stripes. The most commonly known ladybugs are ones with a red body and black spots. The ladybug’s color helps to scare away predators.
Ladybugs feed on aphids and other insects. In fact, a ladybug can eat 50 aphids in a day. Ladybugs lay their eggs near aphids so the baby ladybugs can have food when they hatch. Farmers and gardeners love ladybugs because they are very helpful in protecting plants.
In the winter, ladybugs survive by hibernating. They cluster in big packs to stay warm.
[Source: The Big Bug Book]