The Ladybug

The Ladybug - 2


Yes, my dear, the ladybug (Coccinella septempunctata) it’s not a common insect. She is a gentle, passionate, moody, unsatural, and never tired. She has to fly, find out, bathe in the sun, and tan her black spikes to the glow of rain drops.

Have you ever seen a happy ladybug? It’s noisy. It is inherent in the harsh fins that hide another pair of transparent wings like a pair of lace gloves worn by a queen. Happy,s he flies up higher and he feels light wings and forgets the time.

Have you ever seen a sad ladybug? Better not to have seen her. She still knows how to fly, but she does not have so much courage. It’s heavy in the scaly wings, and it’s moving chaotically as close to the ground. The heights make her dizzy and dislike them. It`s hiding in the shade of the leaves and does not make any sound.

Have you ever seen a ladybug in love? He bathes every morning in a drop of dew, then polishes his legs with pollen, then wraps his wings with sunflower petals and, before taking off, he perfumes with the sap of the rose flowers. It’s assorted, arranged, fragrant and … in love.

A happy ladybug will point you to where luck is hidden, a sad ladybug will point you to the place of untold truths, and a in loved one will leave you, because she cares only about her love and thus will urge you to look for own love, without asking for guides, directions and rules of movement.

Although cockroaches are not among our favorite insects, ladybugs are exceptional, being loved. They fascinate children, and the gardeners and farmers receive them with their arms open.

Ladybug’s Food

Generally, the ladybugs love to eat cranberries, or plant lice, some tiny insects with the soft body that devours the crops from the gardens and the field.

Some adult ladybugs can consume thousands of cranberries during their lives, even their larvae have a great appetite. Ladybugs feed on many other harmful insects.

A ladybug daily consumes 250-300 plant lice. When they eat, the ladybugs move their mouths from one side to the other, not from the top down like humans.

Ladybug’s Features

The little ladybugs are either round or oval, their body having a hemispherical shape. Although they have an unapproachable appetite, most do not exceed 12 mm in length.

With delicate wings covered with elite and the lustrous wings with colorful designs, is how we recognize the ladybugs.

Although the ladybugs are known to be red with black dots, the approximately 5,000 species differ in a variety of color combinations. Some are orange or yellow with black dots. Others are black with red dots.

There are also ladybugs with no dots, and some have strips or squares like those on the chess board.

Ladybug’s Reproduction

The life cycle of many species does not last for more than a year. In winter, adult specimens hibernate in dry, sheltered places. When the weather gets hot, they wake up and start flying in search of cranberries. After mating, the female nests on the underside of a leaf, beside a good reserve of cranberries, a bunch of tiny yellow eggs.

From each egg comes a six-legged larva that looks more like a small fierce aligator, from which you would not expect a ladybug to come out. While eating cranberries, the larva grows so big that it does not fit into the skin, and after it plucks several times, it catches a plant and produces a suture cover.

Inside the cover, the larva continues to grow until the adult finally emerges. At first it has a soft and colorless body and therefore remains on the plant until it hardens. Characteristic dots occur in a single day.

Enemies do not want to have to do with the colorful ladybug. When it is threatened, the ladybug spurts a yellow, ugly, and awful liquid from its wrists. Predators, such as birds or spiders, never forget their first date with a ladybug. Her vivid colors always remember the unpleasant date.

How can you attract ladybugs in your garden? Flower plants are a source of pollen and nectar. A patch of earth full of weeds, and a plate of water can be a temptation for them. If possible, do not use pesticides.

Several dead leaves left on the plants or on the ground during the winter can give the ladybug a good place for hibernation. Do not crush any cockroaches or eggs that you find in the garden. The ladybug female deposits up to 100 eggs throughout life.