Ladybird or Ladybug Facts

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They are called ladybugs or lady beetles in America. There are more than 5000 ladybird species. Ladybirds usually eat plant lice. However, Asian species when introduced to the Europe attacked European ladybirds. Dots on the ladybirds have nothing to do with the years of living. Some ladybirds have up to 22 dots on the back. Average lifespan of these cute bugs is three years. Some people believe that ladybirds can predict the weather. If they fell off your hand it would rain, if they flew away it would be fine. In Europe there are 6 spots in domestic ladybirds. However, there is a wide spread of yellow ladybugs introduced from Asia and United States. These bugs produce toxin that kills more lice than regular ladybugs, but these toxins can also be very harmful to those allergic to this toxic substance. There are conspiracy theories suggesting that these bugs were genetically developed to kill more lice on the crops. In any case domestic ladybirds are not immune to these toxins and their existence is questioned by many scientists.

Asian Ladybug
Asian Ladybug


  1. From Wikipedia:

    Coccinellidae is a family of beetles, known variously as ladybirds (British English, Australian English, South African English), ladybugs (North American English) or lady beetles (preferred by some scientists). Lesser-used names include ladyclock, lady cow, and lady fly.

  2. hello… I am being invaded with ladybirds!! Each day I am finding about 7 of them…some with 16 spots, some black with red spots… Are they getting ready to hibernate?

  3. hello if you are american and you are arguing about their name is because british people call them ladybirds but americans call the ladybirds so thanks for listening and i hope that has answered something

  4. you do not have to be so mean about this. Thanks for creating this website it really helped me finish my project for school 😉

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