|Ladybug climbs golden milkweed leaf hunting yellow aphids|
Ladybugs or Lady Beetles can be a gardener’s best friend, especially if there are an abundance of soft bodied insects in residence. Aphids, white flies, scale, and mites all love to attack garden plants, sucking the life right out them. Ladybugs will hunt these plant pests down and gobble them up like a human eating a chocolate candy. Yum, yum, yum.
climbing tallest stems
searching for soft body mealsLadybug strikes gold
Now as shown in this photo, the lady bug that showed up on my golden milkweed plant was all red. The most common one to most of us is the red lady beetle with black spots. Now this lady bug didn’t lose its spots gambling, or due to age – it was just another variety.It turns out there are about 500 different varieties of lady bugs just in the U.S.A. If you talk about the world there are almost 5,000 known varieties scattered across mother earth. With this many varieties you get a rainbow of colors. They can be colored orange, yellow, black, brown, white and even pink with or without the spots.
voracious eaterdevours pests, protects garden
Ladybugs (Amazon link) are also known as lady beetles. Well they are definitely beetles and almost all are beneficial to the garden. So if you see some hanging around your plants re-consider using that insecticide and give them a chance to take care of your infestation. They will hunt down the pests and gobble them up as quickly as they can. Watch out for their larva as they also will join in the feasting and bring the pests down to a less harmful level.
So what are male ladybugs called? Can they be called sir bugs, lordly bugs, or how about king beetles? Nope, they are also called ladybugs or lady beetles. Talk about a blow to the male ego. Then again they only care about two things: food and procreation.
Golden milkweed plantAphids shake in dread
Procreation (or species survival) depends on two ladybugs of the right sex – one male and one female – meeting up and having beetle sex. The male climbs onto the female’s back, and holds her wings closed so she can’t fly away then mates with her. Afterwards they separate, each of them hunting for their survival and needs. He’s looking for food and another female to mate with. She is looking for food and a good place to lay her eggs.
perfect ladybug larderyellow aphid meals
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