With the arrival of spring and early summer, the world seems to be waking up with a familiar and welcome buzz in the air. Animals that have been hibernating or hiding during the winter come out and are ready to share the world’s space with us.
One of the most enjoyable sights for many – especially children, is a bright red and black spotted ladybug. It’s charming, harmless presence adds a bit of magic to the garden, and around the house. Little ones, especially, enjoy being ‘lucky enough’ to have one of these adorable creatures crawling around on their open palms or up and down their arms and legs.
What’s so great about ladybugs? Known in the scientific world as “Coccinellidae”, everyone else in the English-speaking world calls them ‘ladybugs’ or ‘ladybird beetles’. Did you know there are over 450 species of ladybugs just in North America alone? And yet, they can literally be found all over the world! Regardless of what they’re called, though, they are actually quite beneficial to the planet, in general. Not only do people enjoy their quiet, inquisitive nature, but they’re also a very helpful addition to the garden, as well.
Because a ladybug’s diet consists of aphids and other scale-sized bugs, people who enjoy gardening, love to have these little “harmful bug exterminators” around. They’re able to eat up to fifty aphids a day! One hungry, little ladybug can have quite a feast, and is awesome in harmful bug removal without pesticides and other chemicals that may harm vegetation.
Since they are known to be so helpful, (in addition to just being ADORABLE!), ladybugs are also often used to decorate homes, as inspiration for fun ladybug-themed foods, and especially special occasion decor. What little girl wouldn’t love having a ladybug-themed birthday party? Bright red balloons and ladybug cupcakes make for a perfect little girl’s birthday party! Ladybug lovers all over the world can also be found decorating their homes with the bright red and black spots that are so prevalent on many ladybug species. You’re bound to find ladybug spots in the bathroom, bedroom, or even the living room! It’s an attention-getting splash of color that is very popular with a lot of people.
But what about ladybug infestations? Yes, it can, and does, happen! There are a couple of environments that can have a big impact on the attraction of ladybugs to a given area. One is a significant area saturated with water. Because ladybugs need to drink, a humid, watery area is a big attraction for them. Another attraction is the yellow secretions they expel when they’re startled or mating. The yellow liquid is actually their blood. It is loaded with pheromones that can bring other ladybugs from up to a quarter mile away! This fluid does stain, and the scent is very difficult to remove from surfaces that it gets on. Soap and water are not enough, and sometimes, it even takes special chemicals to get rid of it. Who knew that little ladybug could be so powerful?!
Regardless of where ladybugs are found, though – whether in the house or in the garden, they are typically a welcome addition to the surroundings. Many people even consider it kind of lucky to find them, especially if they are helping to tend the garden! Here’s hoping your experience with ladybugs is a positive one that will bring an extra bit of charm – if not, at the very least, a smile to brighten your day!