Ladybug

My Home: I am found all over the world and live in a variety of places including gardens, forests, fields and grasslands.

What I eat: As a larva, I can eat over 25 aphids a day.
Once I am grown to an adult, I can eat over 50
aphids a day.

What I look like: I am around ¼ of an inch long and am
usually yellow, orange or red with black spots on my
wing covers. I also have black legs, head and antennae.
The number of black spots I might have will vary by
individual ladybug. My black spots will fade as I
get older.

How I am born: I go through four stages of development:
egg, larva, pupa and adult. My tiny yellow egg is laid on a
leaf and will hatch in about a week. When I hatch, I am in a worm like larva stage for almost a month. I finally get strong enough to pupate and become an adult. I can hibernate during the winter and live around one year.

  
  Fun Facts
A ladybug's wings beat
over 80 times a second in
flight. Ladybugs will play dead
when threatened. In July 1999,
four ladybugs were sent into
space on NASA's Columbia space shuttle.
You can get the Mission Highlights here!