I can only count on my fingers the number of times I saw a ladybug in person, but every time I spot one, I gaze at it for a long time. Do you do this too? Ladybugs, or Coccinellidae, are not bugs but small beetles known for their bright colors, distinctive markings, and various names. They are a miracle of nature, often seen as a symbol of luck in many cultures. Aside from eating pests, they are also excellent pollinators. Our collection of handpicked ladybug quotes below perfectly encapsulates all there is to appreciate about these spotted insects.
If you want to admire the tiny beetles outside our ladybug quotes and pictures, you should attract them through their stomach. Grow plants they love pollinating, like dandelions and marigolds, and ditch the pesticides. Further, these plants are also good to grow in the garden for bees!
While waiting for them, continue down for our hand-picked collection of quotes about ladybugs.
Or click on for our compilation of ladybug facts and read up on flying spiders and our compilation of cool bug facts for more fascinating phenomena from the world of creepy crawlies. While our butterfly quotes celebrate more striking colors from the insect world.
You might think ladybugs are only red with black spots, but not all 5,000 species sport these colors. They can be orange, yellow, pink, brown, or all-black. Their markings also vary from spots to stripes, size, and frequency, and some species have no markings at all.
Like their physical appearance, their names are also varied. They are called ladybirds in Britain, Marienkäfer or Mary's Beetle in Germany, la bete a bon Dieu or God's animal in France, and many more.
As you can see, it is all related to religious beliefs due to an old European legend. It states that farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary, also known as Our Lady, centuries ago to save their crops from pests. A swarm of beetles donning her trademark red robe saved the day.
Call them out in the garden using their various names after you read the ladybug quotes below.
The ladybug's bright appearance attracts us to them, but in nature, it's actually to deter their predators. This adaptation to survive by all colorful animals is called aposematic coloration.
When threatened, the ladybugs secrete an unpleasant yellow fluid from their knees. The foul-smelling liquid, called hemolymph, is actually the equivalent of our blood. At the same time, they play possum by flipping on their backs. All these tactics work together to help keep ladybugs safe from predators and ensure the safety of other insects and plants.
Learn more about these beetles after checking out the following ladybug quotes below.
s mentioned in the European legend earlier, a loveliness of ladybugs came to the rescue by eating all the crop pests. And it holds a truth!
Aphids, one of the enemies of agricultural farmers, are the top meal choice of ladybugs1. When the hundreds of ladybug larvae laid on aphid colonies hatch, they immediately gobble the pests.
In its lifetime, one ladybug can consume around 5,000 aphids. Other species have different food preferences, like fruit flies, thrips, and mites. And some can also be the pest themselves, like the Mexican bean beetle and the squash beetle.
While reading the ladybug quotes below, remember to attract the right spotted beetle for a bountiful garden.
Before reading our fun ladybug quotes, we want to share their status in the wild. One report estimated a 14 percent drop in ladybugs in the USA and Canada from 1987 to 2006. Unfortunately, since insects are the least represented animal group in global research for datasets and assessments2, it's difficult to find their updated conservation status. Despite that, let's focus on what we can control - by being educated and protecting them.
Thankfully a group of experts banded together to fill the gap in ladybug research3.
. They summarized how climate factors, landscape composition, and biological invasions affected the number of ladybirds. They have also formulated a blueprint to conserve the species by organizing actions into short, medium, and long-term goals.
After finishing this article on a light note, you can start your baby steps on protecting ladybugs by checking out this citizen-based effort called Lost Ladybug Project.
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