By Tammy Sons
Ladybugs are a very good insect to have around a flower bed because they eat the larvae that the other insect such as squash beetle and moths place on the plants. The larvae from these other insects feast on the leaves of the flowers. There are over 450 different species of the ladybug in North America. The average ladybug you see now a day is either orange or red with black spots on their shells. The ladybug also comes in a form that is rarely seen which is black all over with red spots on its shell. The ladybug is a very voracious predator against a lot of insects that can ruin or tear apart a garden. The ladybug will search out larvae of mainly mites, beetles and moths but when it is winter time, then the lady will even feast on its young to survive. To welcome the ladybug into your garden, you will need to plant daisies and alyssum herbs which will attract them and invite them into your garden. The ladybug can get anywhere from 1/16 of an inch to 3/8 of an inch long in its lifetime. The life cycle of a ladybug from larvae to adult is usually 3-4 weeks then the entire adult life cycle for the ladybug begins. The female ladybug can lay eggs under the leaves of the plants in the garden in as little as one day after becoming an adult. These larvae then begin to eat the moth and beetles larvae before they hatch.
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