Everyone is accustomed to calling these beetles "godworms", but the researchers call them the Latin Coccinellidae, sincerely wondering where this "divine" connection originated.
The most common type of beetle with redElytra and black dot pattern are affectionately called "ladybird". It's hard to find a man who would not have heard about these insects, but how many people know about them?
The beauty of the ladybird can be compared with butterflies, and the most interesting is that they are born almost the same!
The appearance of this insect takes not so little time: one or two months. This is called the life cycle. The ladybug has four stages. It:
- stage of the egg,
- stage of the larva,
- stage of the pupa
- the stage of growing up - the final one.
Stage of the egg
The first stage is the stage of the egg. The ladybug, laying eggs, tries to protect its offspring. To do this, the female hides the eggs of future beetles on the reverse side of the leaves. So they are not visible to insects and other predators. An interesting feature is that the mother for her children is looking for a place where there are a lot of aphids, so that after the birth they would have food for the first time.
Stage of the larva
And then one or two weeks pass, and from eggsHatching larvae, which means the second stage has come. The larvae of the ladybug are quite mobile, possess an enviable appetite, eating from the first minutes of life the aphid eggs and their newly born larvae. This stage lasts around the month, during which time the larva reaches a centimeter in length.
The third stage of the pupa
The ladybug is fixed on the leaf of the plant. It turns into a motionless pupa, which solidifies and becomes brown. She has a pretty strong shell, in a week or a year and a half she will burst and a bug will appear.
Stage of growing up
The fourth stage begins with the appearance ofLight of a small beetle, which we affectionately call "the sun". Finally, we see the ladybird that we are accustomed to, which now can fly. And waiting a little while until her wings get stronger, she will disappear from your eyes in search of food.
Few people know how important these gardens are for vegetable gardens. Ladybug is a real protector of plants, it eats pests such as aphids and spider mites.
In the autumn, ladybugs will hide in secluded places,To overwinter. For example, under the bark, in fallen leaves, in warm moss. In the spring, when everything blossoms, they will reappear and will rejoice with their bright outfit.
However, wintering does not endure all, therefore it is accepted that on average the ladybug lives from 10 to 12 months, although in fact the life cycle can last up to a year and a half.