A Family of Friendly Insects in Florida
Members of the Coccinellidae family, commonly known as ladybugs, are not technically bugs. Entomologists prefer to call these insects by the more accurate term—ladybird beetles. There are about 5,000 species of ladybird beetles around the world, most of them beneficial to mankind. Although the ladybug is most often pictured as red with black spots, these insects come in a variety of colors and patterns.
The common ladybug is a friend to gardeners and landscapers. When aphids and scale insects threaten rose bushes and garden vegetables, the ladybug fights back with vigor. One ladybug may eat 5,000 aphids in its lifetime. The female ladybug lays her eggs on plants that aphids, mealybugs and scales frequent. As soon as the eggs hatch, the larvae start feeding. Consider the ladybug an ally in natural pest control. These effective exterminators are even considerate enough to replace themselves regularly. One … Read Full Post »