Regardless of sex, male and female ladybugs are collectively referred to as just that — ladybugs. The name "ladybug" is an Americanized version of the European name for the same sort of beetle: "ladybird."
The term ladybird has been used in Europe for centuries, although the scientific name for the ladybug is Coccinella septempunctata. It is said to have been named for the Virgin Mary, whom some call "Our Lady." The ladybug is at the heart of the children's nursery rhyme, "Ladybird, Ladybird, Fly Away Home."
Because ladybugs can eat up to 5,000 aphids in their lifetimes, they are often raised commercially and sold to farmers and gardeners.Learn More
Crickets live in marshes, forests, swamps and deserts all over the world, with over 120 species in the United States alone. Crickets thrive in moist, humid areas with an abundance of plants. They can often be found underneath rocks and plants, inside of logs and along roadsides.Full Answer >
Lovebugs (Plecia nearctica hardy) grow under and consume partially decayed plant matter when they are in the larvae stage. Adult lovebugs may feed on pollen or nectar alone or when joined together in copula when they are mating.Full Answer >
Crickets are insects that reproduce by mating and laying eggs. The female cricket carries and deposits the eggs, but she must mate with a male cricket to have her eggs fertilized before she deposits them.Full Answer >
While found throughout the Empire State, the stink bug is not native to New York. According to the Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences, the stink bug is native to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.Full Answer >