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."Know More
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 in Bugs
Adult ladybugs only live for three to nine months. The spots fade slightly as the ladybug gets older. The number of spots on a ladybug indicates its species, not its age. So, seven-spotted ladybugs have seven spots their entire adult lifetime.Full Answer >
One insect species with a name starting in "x" is Xylodromus affinis, a species of European beetle. Xylophagus insects, a type of insect that feeds on wood, have a group name that starts with "x." The xeres blue butterfly is an extinct species whose name begins with "x."Full Answer >
A cricket can typically live from three to 12 months. This varies from species to species. However, the three life stages of a cricket may encompass more than one year, with most of the time spent as an unhatched egg that remains dormant during the winter.Full Answer >
Termites vary in size based the precise type, ranging in length from ¼ inch to 1 inch. Because they are typically silent and can infest a home for a period of time with no noticeable signs of damage, termites are a serious problem.Full Answer >