The A seven-spot Ladybugs Insect, coccinella 7-punctata, in flight revealing its true wings under its hardened and colorful elytra. Length up to 0.3 inches ( 8 mm).
- Common name: Ladybugs (lady beetles, ladybirds)
- Family: Coccinellidae
- Suborder: Polyphaga
- Order: Coleoptera
- Class/subphylum: Insecta /Hexapoda
- Number of species: About 4,500 (about 400 US)
- Size: From about 0.04 in mm) to about 0.4 in (10 mm)
Key features: Mainly brightly colored red or yellow, usually spotted or blotched with black; distinctive oval or almost round body, Ladybugs Insect noticeably dome shaped on top and flattened beneath; antennae short and weakly clubbed head hardly visible from above
Habits: Mainly active during the day on plants, where adults and Ladybugs Insect larvae of many species are beneficial in eating pests, some species hibernate in huge swarms
Breeding: Males usually mate without any courtship; males guard females in some species, females of predatory species lay batches of eggs near aphids; larvae highly mobile and actively move around in quest for prey, pupa (with no appendages visible) attached by rear end to some form of support
Diet: Many species feed on aphids; Ladybugs others prefer scale insects mealybugs, mites, and other soft-bodied invertebrates and their eggs, some species are vegetarian and may damage crops; others graze on molds growing on leaves
Habitat: Gardens, fields, orchards, hedgerows, forests, and mountainsides rarely in deserts
Distribution: worldwide except in the driest and coldest regions; commonest in temperate countries.
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