Ladybugs or lady beetles are strikingly vibrant-colored insects. They are mostly found in red and orange color. Sometimes, we even get to see them with pink-colored bodies. These are round or oval in shape. They have six legs and a pair of antennae. They have distinct black spots on their oval or round shaped body. Around 5000 species of this insect are present all over the world. North America has the presence of more than 450 species of ladybugs. Even though there are numerous types of lady beetles present in the world, there are quite a handful of them visible to the human eye.
Types of Ladybugs
It is also known as a pink-spotted ladybug. It is found along the Canadian and the United States border region. It is oblong in shape and less than a quarter-inch long. It has pink or yellow head region with pink body, and black spots covering the body. It is one of the fastest among the group with a huge appetite. It proves to be a great protector of your garden as it feeds on Colorado Potato Beetle's eggs.
This insect has its origin in Asia, but it is vastly found in the United States as well. It is comparatively large than other species, and can be found inside homes because this species tends to move to warm places during winter season. It has 5 black spots on its body and is found in various colors like red, orange, and yellow.
This is a really interesting bug. When young, it is grayish in color with fifteen black spots on the body. As it grows old, the color of the body changes to dark purple and hence, the spots are not clearly visible.
Lady beetles are extensively used by farmers as a means to protect their crops from infestation of insects and aphids. These feed on aphids and protect the crop from being destroyed. Humans have no danger from this insect. They are not poisonous to humans. However, nature has provided them with a strong foul smell that protects them from predators. Also, the bright color of their body with colors like red and orange indicate a danger signal to the predators thus, saving them from falling prey to them.