Kingdom : Animalia
                           Class : Insecta
                        Family : Coccinellidae
         Scientific Name : Coccinellidae

                             Size : 1 - 10mm 
                                        (0.04 - 0.4in)          
    Average Life Span : 2 years
                       Colour :  Black, Orange, Red
                                        Yellow, White,
                                        Brown
                  Skin Type : Shell
       Special Features : Brightly colored 
                                       shell and hibernate
                                       in large groups
  1. Ladybirds are small colorful beetles found worldwide.
  2. They are also known as the ladybug.
  3. There are around 5000 species of ladybird found in the world.
  4. They are most famous for their brightly colored, spotted shell and their pest control abilities in gardens.
  5. Their shells are mostly bright red with black spots, but could also be orange and yellow in color.
  6. Ladybirds grow on an average size of 1cm, and their wings are concealed beneath the spots on their shells.
  7. They are known as the gardeners’ friends as they feed on tiny pests that feed on plants.
  8. Ladybirds feed on aphids, plant-lice, greenfly and other small insects.
  9. Ladybirds hibernate communally in large numbers at the beginning of winter.
  10. They hibernate in the same place every years and the pheromones released by them attract other ladybirds to join them.
  11. Ladybirds have their natural predators in reptiles, birds, small mammals, amphibians, rodents and other insects.
  12. The female lady bird lays around 2000 eggs which hatch after a few days.
  13. The larvae that hatch out are single colored and long in shape., they transform into pupa.
  14. The pupa looks like the adult ladybird but has a protective layer around it.
  15. Once the pupa develops its wings, the protective layer gives way to the adult ladybird to fly out.
  16. Ladybirds are quite sensitive to climatic change and are known to die of dehydration if it is unnaturally hot.
  17. Climatic changes and habitat loss have made the ladybird a species that is threatened with extinction.

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