Lady bugs are attractive insects that you often get to see near your garden areas. They are also beneficial in the sense that they control different predatory insects at the larval stage. Children are fond of these insects because of their colorful and spotted appearance. You can find a lady bug either with no spots or around 13 spots. The spots are mostly black on red or an orange surface. These spots are venomous and keeps them safe from different predators. There are over 4,000 different species of ladybugs found across the world.
They pass through different stages of the life cycle. Their life cycle begins as an egg. A female can lay up to a thousand eggs in their lifespan. The eggs are too small to observe. After the egg stage, the lady bugs become a larva, which is the second stage in their life cycle. The third stage in their life cycle is called the pupa and the final phase are the adult stage. Total durability of their life cycle is about one year.
People often wonder about the name of such colorful insects. Ages ago, farmers noticed that, their grapevine was protected from the aphids of some tiny insects. They started believing this act as a gift from Heaven. In gratitude, they named this insect as “Our Lady Beetle”. In Europe, ladybugs or lady beetle became famous as ladybird beetles.
Most of the children’s authors love to write interesting stories and poems on lady bugs. One such example is the book called ‘The Grouchy Ladybug’ by Eric Carle. The book called “The Bad-Tempered Ladybug” is used in various lessons for young children in their schools. Different stories are portrayed in some of books with a morality lesson, which is very handy for growing children.
In addition to the story books, lady beetles are an interesting subject for craft works. Children find it quite exciting to draw such a colorful insect. You can draw this insect even with a thumbprint and some colorful imagination. Children love to see some paints on lady beetles around their study room or their bedroom.