5 Fun Facts About Ladybugs

 

1. Ladybugs aren't always red with black spots. They can be pink, gray, orange, brown, and yellow. A lot of people think you can tell the age of a ladybug by how many spots they have. However, this is not true. The spots of a ladybug have nothing to do with it's age.

2. Ladybugs are crucial to farmers. They eat aphids which are a huge pest to crops. In fact, one ladybug can eat up to 500 aphids in it's lifetime! Some farmers will even keep ladybug houses to release to their crops in the spring and summer. 

3. Ladybugs can live up to 9 months. Depending on how much food there is, ladybugs can live anywhere from 3 - 9 months. If food is scarce, ladybugs actually turn into cannibals and will eat each other.

4. There are 5,000 varieties of ladybugs in the world. How crazy is that! Each one is unique in the number of spots it has but all of them are slow flyers. Some tend to stay in the same area while others constantly fly around finding new places to feed.

5. The bright colors of a ladybug ward off predators. If a predator gets too close, the ladybug will bleed from the knees a sticky yellow substance to deter them. Predators of ladybugs usually include spiders, wasps and frogs.

 

To show our appreciation for ladybugs, we're featuring a ladybug friendship bracelet! Try your hand at this fun pattern and let us know what you think. You can view the pattern and video here.