Entomologists prefer the names ladybird beetles or lady beetles as these insects are not classified as true bugs. The majority of coccinellid species are generally considered useful insects, because many species prey on herbivorous homopterans such as aphids or scale insects , which are agricultural pests. Many coccinellids lay their eggs directly in aphid and scale insect colonies in order to ensure their larvae have an immediate food source. Usually, epilachnines are only minor agricultural pests, eating the leaves of grain, potatoes, beans, and various other crops, but their numbers can increase explosively in years when their natural enemies, such as parasitoid wasps that attack their eggs, are few. In such situations, they can do major crop damage. They occur in practically all the major crop-producing regions of temperate and tropical countries. The name coccinellids is derived from the Latin word coccineus meaning "scarlet". Coccinellids are often conspicuously coloured yellow, orange, or red with small black spots on their wing covers , with black legs, heads and antennae. There is, however, great variation in these colour patterns. For example, a minority of species, such as Vibidia duodecimguttata , a twelve-spotted species, have whitish spots on a brown background.
The series focuses on two Parisian teenagers, Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agreste , who transform into the superheroes Ladybug and Cat Noir, respectively, to protect the city from supervillains. On 8 April , the series was officially picked up by Disney Channel and began airing since then. It also aired on the KidsClick programming block until its shutdown on 31 March In modern-day Paris , teenagers   [a] Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agreste  transform into superheroes when evil arises. Marinette transforms into her superhero persona , Ladybug, while Adrien transforms into his superhero persona, Cat Noir, using magical jeweled objects known as the Miraculous. Not knowing each other's true identities, the two work together to protect Paris from the mysterious villain, Hawk Moth, who covets and attempts to steal their powers by using his akuma , butterflies infused with negative energy, to transform Paris' everyday citizens into supervillains through a negative emotion that they have recently felt or are feeling. The second season opens with Hawk Moth's identity being revealed as none other than Adrien's father Gabriel Agreste. It is also revealed that his motive for wanting to take Ladybug and Cat Noir's miraculous is to combine them, which would allow their user to use their ultimate power to make a wish come true which can alter reality. Gabriel's wish is to heal his wife, who is in an eternal sleep after using the peacock miraculous. This season also sees Marinette under Fu's tutelage, learning about the Miraculous.
All rights reserved. Most people like ladybugs because they are pretty, graceful, and harmless to humans. But farmers love them because they eat aphids and other plant-eating pests. One ladybug can eat up to 5, insects in its lifetime! Most ladybugs have oval, dome-shaped bodies with six short legs. Depending on the species, they can have spots, stripes, or no markings at all. Seven-spotted ladybugs are red or orange with three spots on each side and one in the middle.
They have a black head with white patches on either side. Ladybugs are colorful for a reason. Their markings tell predators: "Eat something else! I taste terrible. They may also play dead. Birds are ladybugs' main predators, but they also fall victim to frogs , wasps, spiders, and dragonflies. Ladybugs lay their eggs in clusters or rows on the underside of a leaf, usually where aphids have gathered. Larvae, which vary in shape and color based on species, emerge in a few days. Seven-spotted ladybug larvae are long, black, and spiky-looking with orange or yellow spots.
Some say they look like tiny alligators. Larvae grow quickly and shed their skin several times. When they reach full size, they attach to a leaf by their tail, and a pupa is formed. Within a week or two, the pupa becomes an adult ladybug. Ladybugs are happy in many different habitats, including grasslands , forests , cities, suburbs, and along rivers. Seven-spotted ladybugs are native to Europe but were brought to North America in the mids to control aphid populations.
Ladybugs are most active from spring until fall. When the weather turns cold, they look for a warm, secluded place to hibernate, such as in rotting logs, under rocks, or even inside houses.
These hibernating colonies can contain thousands of ladybugs. The name "ladybug" was coined by European farmers who prayed to the Virgin Mary when pests began eating their crops. After ladybugs came and wiped out the invading insects, the farmers named them "beetle of Our Lady.