In the United States, the ladybug is believed to grant wishes. In Ireland, it is believed that having a ladybug land on someone is a symbol of protection for them.Know More
Superstitions surrounding ladybugs vary from culture to culture, but most are positive. Some Asian cultures believe that a ladybug caught and released flies off to one's true love and whispers them his name. In early Catholic cultures, the seven spots on a ladybug were said to represent the seven virtues of the Virgin Mary, which is how the ladybug got its name.
People's good relations with ladybugs stems from the bug's harmlessness, visual appeal and utility. Not only do people consider ladybugs to be good luck, but farmers actually encourage them to land on their crops to kill and eat the many aphids that can infest and destroy them. As a matter of fact, a single ladybugs can eat up to 5,000 aphids in its lifetime. Children are often told never to kill a ladybug because the good that these insects can do outweighs the harm.
Ladybugs are thought to bring about a number of lucky things when they land on a person, such as love, good weather, financial success or the granting of wishes.Learn more about Beetles
Wasps, flies and moths are all natural predators of the ladybug and will attack it at different stages of its development from its larval state to, more rarely, its adult state. Many flies and wasps are parasites to the ladybug, using its body as a platform to raise and feed their young after laying eggs under the ladybug's exoskeleton by means of stingers or bodily invasion.Full Answer >
There are female and male species of ladybugs, and they reproduce sexually. The male ladybug crawls on the back of the female ladybug as they mate.Full Answer >
Most species of ladybug are not aggressive towards humans and therefore do not bite. All ladybugs have mouth parts that can be used for biting, but they are generally used for consuming small pest insects, such as the aphids which make up a majority of their diet. The one exception is the Asian ladybug, a swarming species that is more aggressive than the others.Full Answer >
There are no true green ladybugs. However, certain species of spotted cucumber beetles resemble ladybugs, and there are vivid yellow ladybug beetles that may appear green under certain lighting conditions.Full Answer >