Ladybugs – Counting the Spots

We’ve been ‘buttoning up’ the yard in preparation for winter. Lawn furniture has been put under cover, equipment cleaned and stored. I’ve watered in the trees and mulched what is going to get mulched this year. A few bugs are still busy doing fall things too – the most visible are the Bees and the Ladybugs.

Did you know that Ladybugs can have different numbers of spots? Different species of Ladybugs have different numbers of spots. The spots, and the bright body colour can be thought of as their defensive armour – it warns predators that they don’t taste very good.

Ladybugs all dressed in red
Strolling through the flowerbed.
If I were tiny just like you
I’d creep among the flowers too!
Maria Fleming

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Bug Bits
Name: Ladybug
Family:
Coccinellidae
Location: North of Calgary, Alberta
Notes:
They are natural enemies of many insects, especially aphids and other sap feeders. A single lady beetle may eat as many as 5,000 aphids in its lifetime.

The Ladybug wears no disguises.
She is just what she advertises.
A speckled spectacle of spring,
A fashion statement on the wing….
A miniature orange kite.
A tiny dot-to-dot delight.
J. Patrick Lewis, “The Little Buggers”

The ladybug’s a beetle.
It’s shaped like a pea.
Its color is a bright red
With lots of spots to see.
Although the name is ladybug
Some ladybugs are men.
So why don’t we say “gentleman bug”
Every now and then?
Author Unknown

How brave a ladybug must be!
Each drop of rain is big as she.
Can you imagine what you’d do,
If raindrops fell as big as you?
Aileen Fisher