LADYBUG

By: Jenna Delmar Period: 1 May, 16 2016

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HABITAT

Ladybugs live in a lot of places. "They live in deserts, mountains, lakes/streams, plains,and meadows." (World Book, 8) Deserts, Rain Forests, grassland, forests, and Ice Region are the most common places that ladybugs are found in. The environment there has trees, bushes, and insects.

MOVEMENT

Ladybugs fly and crawl. They fly by their transparent yellowy-orange wings that come out of their armor. The wings come out from under it and it fly's off into the air. A ladybug has six legs which will let them walk. It is more of a crawl than a walk. It is in the middle of slow and fast, but it is not the fastest insect.
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BODY COVERING

A ladybug is covered in an amour like shell that is either bright red, yellow, or orange. That armor like shell is oval/dome shaped. Over top the red,yellow, or orange shell, are black spots. Ladybugs have seven spots. They also have wings in their armor that make them fly. The wings come out from under their armor and that's how they fly. Their heads are black with white patches in either sides of their head. A ladybug either has spots, stripes, or no markings at all. Ladybugs are invertebrae.
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DIET

Ladybugs are omnivores. They eat other insects like aphids, scale insects, mealybug, and mites. They also don't destroy fruit crops and will sometimes eat leaves. (World Book) They drink water.
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REPRODUCTION

A ladybug lays eggs. And the female ladybug can lay up to 1,500 eggs. And they lay them in clusters. The babies are long, black, and spiky with orange or yellow streak going across it's body. The babies look like little lizards or alligators. In 1-2 weeks the baby will become an adult. They have babies by internal fertilization and reproduce sexually.
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ADAPTATIONS

"A ladybug's body is adapted for any condition." (World Book,8) Ladybugs also Hibernate. Ladybug's can live for a month or to three years. (San Diego Zoo Global) A ladybug has predators. Some are Birds, frogs, wasps, spiders, and dragonflies. They play dead to make the predators to go away. They will also spray a foul-tasting liquid from the joints of their legs. The markings on a ladybug, make a predator think that it is poisonous and won't eat it.
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OTHER INFORMATION

  • Ladybugs are considered good luck
  • Most beloved 'Creepy Crawly'
  • Used in a lot of folktales
  • Harmless to humans
  • Known as a Ladybug, Lady beetle, and/or a Ladybird
  • There are thousands of species
  • A ladybug is the size of the a paperclip
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WORKS CITED

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