The ladybug is a small insect, which is an integral part of the beetle family, widespread everywhere. It can count on the presence of 6.000 species.
Their size is small, with a scale varying from 1 to 10 millimeters, up to the exceptional cases of one centimeter. There are bigger ones in the coloring pictures below. You can get them by browsing this page. So let’s check this out.
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They are characterized by an ovoid hemispherical shape, with a small head and short clavate antennae, that is, swollen only on one side.
The mouth has a structural complexity, while the six legs, rather articulated, favor the running of the insect.
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But what defines the ladybug is the upper part, formed by a hemispherical armor composed by two rigid wings. A real weapon of protection and defense, both for the top section and the belly and abdomen.
The insect appears compact, and the armor defined by a red dotted black coloring, which recalls a spotting. A shade identifies this insect. It may vary depending on the species but which acts as a defensive weapon against predators.
The bright and bright color is often associated with poison, a sort of warning for its enemies. The poison, not toxic to man, is released from the legs and has a repellent odor, a mechanism called “reflex-bleeding,” which can be dangerous for lizards and small birds.
If threatened, it retracts the legs and transforms into an impregnable and firm fortress, or opens the shell and flies away. Very greedy and hungry, it can adapt to any environment, nourishing a series of insects and aphids harmful for the cultivations.
Its role is vital because it is often introduced in agricultural fields, thus implementing a natural biological control without the use of chemical products.
After mating, which takes place in spring, the insect lays its eggs in groups of ten or single units, to avoid predators, and sometimes puts them directly on the body of the enemies themselves.
The eggs, with a showy color, are both non-fertile and fertile: the first ones can become useful as food for the larvae.
The growth stages are four, and the same larvae can be voracious, so much to clean from the insects the foliage of the plants on which they are laid. The body of the larva is tapered and elongated.