Ladybugs (or Lady Beetles) – Getting Rid Of Insects
Ladybugs are very beneficial to your garden, as they eat other insects that are harmful. Yet, many gardeners inadvertently kill these beneficial insects while they are young because they do not recognize them while they are in this stage.
While still a nymph, ladybugs actually resemble tiny black alligators that are about half their adult length. They also contain orange, red, or white markings. This coloration and overall look can make ladybug nymphs look a bit frightening, despite their kind nature and helpful garden habits.
During the winter, ladybugs prefer to rest in dry areas that provide them adequate protection, such as house shingles, tree bark, and in the attics of homes. In the early spring, they come out form hiding.
They begin feeding and laying their eggs immediately. In fact, one female ladybug will lay up to 1,000 eggs in a period that is just over three months. When the young hatch, they begin feeding immediately as well.
In just the three weeks it takes for the ladybug nymph to pupate, it will eat approximately 400 harmful aphids. In all, a ladybug eats about 5,000 aphids during its entire lifetime. In addition, they eat whitefly pupa, soft scale, spider mites, and thrips – all of which can cause harm to your garden.