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Facts about ladybugs

Ladybugs are popular in gardens and on merchandise!
Ladybugs are popular in gardens and on merchandise!
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Ladybugs are among the most distinctive looking and recognizable insects on the planet. They are small bugs in the beetle family that have hard, shiny, bright red shells with black polka-dots on them (although some ladybugs can also be yellow, green or orange). Ladybug’s unique and beautiful appearance has made them massively popular in the world of pop culture and merchandising. For instance toys, clothes, jewelry, perfume bottles, umbrellas and even furniture can all be found containing ladybug patterns! Ladybugs can fly but they mostly crawl along blades of grass and other upright structures (such as tree trunks or even streetlights). Ladybugs can be seen in both rural and urban environments and they can be spotted alone or in large groups.

Ladybugs are often seen in gardens.
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Below is a list of facts about ladybugs:

• There are over 5,000 different kinds of ladybugs!

• Female ladybugs are usually larger than the males but all of them are very small, about 1 or 2 millimeters.

• Most ladybugs will live about a year.

• Ladybugs hatch from eggs and mature fully by the time they are between 3 and 7 weeks old.

• Ladybugs live mostly in areas with a lot of plants or shrubs. However, they might also be seen on beaches or in deserts as long as some greenery is nearby.

• Ladybugs are active during the day and go into a state of rest at night.