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Life Stages

Life Cycle




   Here are some facts that you may have not known.

  • A ladybug beats its wings 85 times a second when it flies.

  • Ladybugs wont fly if the temperature is below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • The elytra is a hard wing cover that protects the ladybugs fragile wings and the wings are so thin that you can see through them.

  • A gallon jar will hold from 72,000 to 80,000 ladybugs.

  • If you squeeze a ladybug it will bite you, but the bite wont hurt.

  • A male ladybug is usually smaller than the female.

  • The Asian ladybug can live up to 2-3 years if the conditions are right.

  • There are more beetles on the Earth than any other kind of animal.

  • In many countries people think ladybugs are good luck.

  • In Iran, ladybugs are called "good news."

  • In Switzerland, ladybugs are called "good god's little fatty."

  • In folk medicine, ground-up ladybugs were used as cures for crying babies, stomach ache, measles, and toothaches.

  • Ladybugs come in many colors--yellow, orange, pink, and red.

  • Ladybug antennae have eleven segments and are used to touch, smell, and hear.

  • Ladybugs also smell with their feet.

  • They have oval bodies and 4-7 mm in length.

  • The color of the spots fade when the ladybugs age.

  • Birds are the major predator of the ladybug and they will play dead when threatened.

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December 2008

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