What do you know about ladybugs, besides their distinctive paint and appearance? Probably, they became an object of enormous quantity of tongue twisters and sayings among children, but there are much more to know about them, than it seems. It is appropriate to state some facts:1. Let’s start with the name. Lady bug is believed to be a wife of The God of Heaven in ancient times, which was transformed into a beautiful bug alongside her children, who are symbolized by a number of black spots on mother’s back. That is why in different countries ladybird has received various nicknames: God’s animal in France, God’s sheep in Germany and the Bug of Our Lady in Great Britain.2. A lady bug is a true predator, because the most of her daily ration is comprised with concentration of confining massive insects like aphids, scale insects, whiteflies and spider mites. For instance, a ladybird can eat at least 100-150 aphids’ individuals per day, which points out also its severe gluttony.

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In addition, the offspring amount also depends on meal style of a ladybird. Commonly, it reaches the number of 300-400 “kids”, but if the year is rich in insects (as meal) the number might increase to 1500-1700. Especially, it is related to ladybird larvae, which appear to have cannibal features.3. It is also impossible not to mention ladybird’s ability to exterminate garden spots out of aphids. Moreover, summer is the season, when lack of meal is much experienced by these bugs and their menu is supplemented by caterpillars, plant-bugs and larvae of small beetles to much appreciation of gardeners and farmers. There was an issue, when ladybirds saved big citrus plantations all over the world from Australian chanelled mealy bugs.4. One of lady bug species protects alfalfa field from pests. It also should be mentioned that ladybirds are migratory insects, like birds, and are able to migrate to areas, where they are of big necessity. In winter, they are likely to hide under rocks or in other comfortable places, often forming large clusters.5. It is possible that ladybugs will become as important as mulberry silkworms or bees. Nowadays there are some remembrances of their protection by agricultural societies, which has occurred due to bugs’ benefits; non-aggressive meal choice, tolerance between bugs’ colonies and ability to get rid of useless insects in the gardening areas have led to increase of lady bugs’ popularity among agriculturists.

By Haadi