Ladybugs are beetles. They are small oval-shaped insects with wings. Sometimes they are called ladybirds or lady beetles. What is a ladybug?
Have you ever wondered how the ladybug got its name? There is a legend that during the Middle Ages, swarms of pests were destroying crops, so farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, for help. Soon after, ladybugs came and ate the bad pests and saved the crops. The farmers called these bugs, "Beetles of Our Lady" and they eventually became known as "ladybugs”. In many countries, ladybugs are considered to be good luck. Legend of the Ladybug’s Name Say it in Spanish - Mariquita
Say it in Spanish - Mariquita “Little Mary” Legend of the Ladybug’s Name
Ladybugs are usually red, but can be black, yellow or orange. Their spots can be any of those colors, or they can have no spots at all. Not just red and black
The number of spots identifies the type of ladybug, there are more than 5,000 different types of ladybugs worldwide. Click here to see more ladybugs Spots, spots, spots…
What do ladybugs eat? Most people love to have ladybugs in their gardens. Ladybugs eat aphids, mealybugs, and mites, which eat the plants in your garden. You can usually find these pests underneath leaves.
References S. Seagraves, Ladybugs. 25 March 2002 http://www.geocities.com/sseagraves/schoolyardscience.htm http://www.geocities.com/sseagraves/schoolyardscience.htm Wild Birds Foreever, Ladybug Habitation Boxes. 8 April 2002 Author unnamed, Ladybugs ladybugs. 27 March 2002 http://members.tripod.com/~llladybug/ladybuggraphics.html Country Road Graphics, Ladybug Set. 8 April 2002 http://countryroad.50megs.com/ladybugset.html http://countryroad.50megs.com/ladybugset.html Enchanted Learning Software, Ladybug. 25 March 2002 www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/insects/Ladybug.shtml www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/insects/Ladybug.shtml http://www.creativethursday.com/blog/wp- content/uploads/2007/04/real%20lady%20bugs.jpg
Armstrong Brothers Capital Nursery and Peter Stasser of SK Design, In the Garden: Our Online Newsletter. 8 April 2002 C. Fooshee, Mid-Florida Research and Education Center. 8 April 2002 http://mrec.ifas.ufl.edu/Foliage/entomol/ncstate http://mrec.ifas.ufl.edu/Foliage/entomol/ncstate Author unknown, Ladybugs. 8 April 2002. http://www.geocities.com/paraskits/index/ladybugs/ladybu gs.html#How the Ladybug got its name http://www.geocities.com/paraskits/index/ladybugs/ladybu gs.html#How the Ladybug got its name University of Alberta, Aphid Parallel Game-Tree Search Library. 8 April 2002 http://www.cs.ualberta.ca/~games/aphid/photo.html References
Some pictures of ladybugs were taken by teachers of Serra Catholic School using the Intel Play QX3 Computer Microscope in March and April 2002. http://www.malawicichlidhomepage.com/macro_nature/ladybug.jp g http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view?back=http%3A%2F %2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dla dybugs%2B%252Bfarmers%26fr%3Dyfp-t-501%26ei%3Dutf- 8%26js%3D1%26x%3Dwrt&w=100&h=100&imgurl=www.grow quest.com%2Findeximages%2Flbugwithaphid.jpg&rurl=http%3A %2F%2Fwww.growquest.com%2Ffree_ladybugs.htm&size=7.6k B&name=lbugwithaphid.jpg&p=ladybugs%20+farmers&type=JP G&oid=035e20dbabead3ec&no=6&tt=15 References
This presentation was created by the Technology Staff of Serra Catholic School 2002, edited April 2008