The ladybug

The ladybug is one of the first insects, with whom you meet in early childhood. Small, round, convex bug. It has a yellow-red elytra, and on them are black spots.

The ladybug is one of the first insects, with whom you meet in early childhood

If ladybug roughly pushed, it will hide the antennae and legs. One minute ladybug remain motionless, as if dead, and then crawl. Scientists say that a bug pretending to be dead, because it is trying to deceive the enemy. Insect can not lie, it is not a person. But many beetles and other insects sometimes "fall into a swoon". Why? Insects have many enemies. They have to defend themselves. There are many ways to protect themselves. The stationary ladybird harder to see, and not every winged interested in "dead" prey.

Gently squeeze ladybug between the toes. Now look at them, your fingers are stained yellow liquid. It bled a ladybug. Once ladybug hide the legs of her joints will flow drops of blood: the blood droplet is to protect the bug. Sniff your finger. The smell is very unpleasant. Type finger in yellow liquid and lick it nothing dangerous. The acrid taste and unpleasant smell...

Droplets of blood legged bug is popularly called "milk". Therefore, the beetle was nicknamed "Ladybug". Everyone loves this bug for a calm temperament. In fact ladybug a predator.

Ladybug is very gluttonous. Her food - aphids. Find aphids is not difficult! On an apple-tree on the wild rose, on a cabbage you can find a lot of aphids! She needs a lot of food: one day a ladybug eats a hundred or more aphids.

Normal ladybug - seven-spotted. So it was called because of its yellowish-red elytra seven black dots: three on each wing case and one general on the seam between them. It is one of the largest ladybug: almost pea. To see it, you can in the spring, summer and autumn. Spring ladybug little, in the second half of the summer much more.

Ladybugs overwinter mostly in the forest under the leaf litter, under bark of trees. They were here very much. After the snow ceases, ladybug not immediately crawls out from their winter refuge.

Ladybugs begin to lay eggs when blooming viburnum and rosehips. On the underside of the leaves appear yellow oblong balls. Every day the female lays a dozen, and sometimes half a hundred eggs. Total female can lay over a thousand eggs. In nature, seven-spotted ladybug eggs develop quickly: in five to fourteen days the larvae emerge. The larvae first eat the shell of the egg, and then the unhatched eggs. This they have enough food for a while. Then they crawl from the native leaf in all directions. They go to look for prey - aphids.

During pupation larvae ladybug find suitable places. Most often it is the underside of the leaf. Highlighting the sticky liquid, ladybug larva attached to the rear end of the sheet. It hangs upside down...

Yellow pupa gradually darkens, covered with bright spots. It looks very spotty: yellow, orange and dark spots make it bright and colorful. Smooth and colorful, it does not look like the future of the bug.

Life ladybug pupa is short: about a week. First beetles can be seen already on the fifth day. The head, chest and legs are almost black, on the back of the front one can see the usual white spots. Elytra entirely pale: almost white. Over time, ladybug elytra darker and stronger.

In tangerines, apples, pears, plums, tea bush, there are most dangerous enemies: the different types of mealybugs and scale insects. Fight them using poisons difficult. Chemistry does not help here gardener. Ladybug was a wonderful advocate of the tea bush, mandarin and apple. On the different types of mealybugs and scale insects attack different kinds of ladybugs: on one local, others brought from distant lands.