Interesting facts about ladybugs
September 14, 2009 | In: Animal facts for kids
There are nearly 5,000 different kinds of ladybugs worldwide.
A ladybug beats its wings 85 times a second when it flies.
Ladybugs have short legs and antennae.
Their distinctive spots and attractive colors are meant to make them unappealing to predators.
Ladybugs hibernate for the winter.In winters, ladybugs do not eat and survive on their stored fat.
Ladybugs come in many colors like pink, yellow, white, orange and black.
The spots on a Ladybug fade as they get older.
Ladybugs even use their feet to smell.
Depending on the species, a ladybug may only lay just a few eggs to upwards of 2000 in it’s lifetime.
Ladybugs are a great natural pesticide and are even sold commercially as such. They eat very small insects called aphids which can destroy crops and other plants.
When a ladybug is attacked, it can squirt a foul-smelling, bitter-tasting yellow liquid out of the knee joints in its legs. The smell warns birds and other insect-eaters that the ladybug is poisonous.
Ladybugs are also known for playing dead and even sacrificing their lives to help out fellow ladybugs when threatened by predators.