Ladybugs, known scientifically as Coccinellidae, are said to have originated in Europe during the Middle Ages. As the story goes, crops were being destroyed by insects, so much so that people were starving and dying. The masses prayed to the Virgin Mary for help and more bugs arrived. However, these bugs ate the crop-killing bugs and turned the story around. The people called these beetles of Our Lady and eventually their name was shortened to ladybugs. Today, many people use ladybugs to keep other insects at bay in their gardens or crops.
With over 150 species, ladybugs are one of the most common bugs in the United States. In fact, one ladybug can lay up to 1000 eggs during its lifetime. Not every ladybug has spots and some even have spots that fade as they age. Ladybugs can be yellow, pink, white, red, orange, and black.
Also known as the two-spotted ladybird beetle, this ladybug is common in North American and Europe. It has red wings with two black or brown spots and can grow to be about 4-5 mm. Larvae and adults will feast on soft-bodied garden pests, including aphids, making this ladybug a popular choice for pest control.
Commonly called the twice-stabbed ladybird beetle, this ladybug is black with two red spots on its back. They eat a lot and feed primarily on another common pest, the scale insects. This species of beetle will grow to be about 3.75 to 5mm.
The seven-spotted ladybird beetle grows to be about 7mm long and usually has one spot on its back that is split between both wings. Native to Europe, this ladybug species was frequently released in North America for its pest control abilities. In fact, it was released so much that it has now become native here.
The convergent ladybird beetle is one of the most common within the United States. Adults will grow to be about 4-7mm long. They can have as many as 13 spots on their backs and have white and black patterns on their heads. This ladybug species is also coveted for its pest control abilities.
The multicolored Asian lady beetle is a native of Asia. However, it has been released so much in the U.S. that it is now also native here. It feeds on scales, aphids, and psyllids. This ladybug species grows to be about 6mm long as an adult and can come in varying shades of both red and orange. The number of spots found on this species of ladybug will also vary from one to the next.
Because ladybugs are typically good for a property’s yard, it’s never a smart idea to eradicate them all from the area. While Clegg’s does not service lady bugs, we always like to provide our customers with insect information. However, if you have problems with any other type of pest, we’d love to help. Contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.