Let’s Learn About the Ladybug Lifecycle

No matter the environment, the brightly colored body and black spots of a ladybug make it one insect that is hard to overlook. This unique bug leads a short life filled with busy activity. Myths and folklore have swirled around it for centuries. Furthermore, the facts behind this insect are as intriguing as the ladybug itself.

A ladybug’s lifecycle falls in the range of about four to six weeks long. Certain things affect the length of a ladybug’s life such as the availability of food and the temperature of its environment. During the springtime, a ladybug lays very small yellow eggs that normally hatch in three to five days. A single ladybug can lay up to 300 hundred eggs in her lifespan! Ladybugs often lay their eggs on the underside of a leaf in an aphid colony so that the babies, or larvae, can nourish themselves on the aphids there. After three weeks or so, the six-legged larvae transform into pupa. Approximately seven days later, a fully-grown ladybug appears. Interestingly, when the ladybug does appear it may not have spots for 12 to 24 hours. Finding a ladybug like this may mean that it has just reached adulthood. In a single year, it’s not an unusual occurrence for six generations of ladybugs to come into the world. A ladybug is a truly incredible insect!

A person doesn’t have to be an entomologist (a person who studies insects) to be intrigued by ladybugs. This appealing insect continues to be worthy of our study and admiration.

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