2What are Ladybugs? Ladybugs are also called lady birds or lady beetles Small, oval-shaped winged insects.Red with black spots or black with red spots on the wing covers.The number of spots identifies the type of ladybug.
3What is a Life Cycle?A life cycle is a set of changes animals go through as they grow.
4First Stage – Egg The Female lays tiny eggs Eggs are sticky and yellow Eggs are laid on a leaf with lots of aphidsThis stage last 3 to 7 days
5Second Stage – Larvae The larvae that hatches from the egg The larvae is small and long and has 6 legs.The larvae sheds its skin several times.After reaching full size, the larvae attaches itself to a plant leaf or stem by its "tail”.This stage lasts 2 to 4 weeks
6Third Stage – PupaThe larval skin then splits down the back, exposing the pupa.The pupa is about the size of the adult ladybugThe pupa is all wrapped up, protecting the ladybug while the it undergoes metamorphosis.This stage lasts 5 to 7 days
7Forth Stage – Ladybug The adult ladybug emerges from the pupa As the ladybug grows it begins to get its spotsThe ladybugs life span is a few monthsLadybugs eat aphids yum-yum!
8Comprehension Page 1. What is a Life Cycle? 2. What do ladybug eggs look like?3. Where does the female ladybug lay her eggs?4. What is a pupa?5. What do ladybugs eat?6. When is a ladybug full grown?7. What is the 2nd stage in the ladybug life cycle?
9Fun Facts LADYBUGS ON THE SPACE SHUTTLE Four ladybugs were sent into space in 1999 on NASA's space shuttle.Ladybugs and their main food, aphids, were sent to a zero-gravity environmentThey studied how aphids could get away from the ladybugs without being able to jump using gravity.