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|hi all friends , i took this ladybug in the buss while i travel , i see it on the cam and i wanted the share it with you also i ll go to holiday about a month so maybe i wont be here with you take care hope see you soon:)|
Coccinellidae is a family of beetles, known variously
as ladybirds (Commonwealth English), ladybugs (North
American English) or lady beetles (preferred by
scientists). The word "lady" in the name is thought to
allude to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Catholic
faith. Coccinellids are found worldwide, with over
4,500 species described, more than 450 native to North
America alone. Coccinellids are small insects, ranging
from 1 mm to 10 mm (0.04 to 0.4 inches), and are
usually yellow, orange, or red with small black spots
on their carapace, with black legs, head and feelers.
As the family name suggests, they are usually quite
round in shape. Because they are useful, colourful,
and harmless to humans, coccinellids are typically
considered cute even by people who hate most insects.
Some people consider seeing them or having them land
on one's body to be a sign of good luck to come, and
that killing them presages bad luck.
Coccinellids are brightly coloured to ward away
potential predators. This defence works because most
predators associate bright colours (especially orange
and black or yellow and black) with poison and other
unpleasant properties. This phenomenon is called
aposematism. In fact, most coccinellids are indeed
toxic to smaller predators, such as lizards and small
birds; however, a human would have to eat several
hundred coccinellids before feeling any effects. Adult
coccinellids are able to reflex-bleed from their leg
joints, releasing their oily yellow toxin with a
strong repellent smell. This becomes quite obvious
when one handles a coccinellid roughly.
Coccinellids lay eggs which hatch into a larval state.
The larvae then go into a pupal stage before becoming
an adult coccinellid.
Coccinellids lay extra infertile eggs with the fertile
eggs. These appear to provide a backup food source for
the larvae when they hatch. The ratio of infertile to
fertile eggs increases as with scarcity of food at the
time of egg laying.