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Definition of ladybug

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Definition as written by melody:

A small colorful insect with unique black spots on it's back. They can have either red or orange bodies.

These are one of the 'good guys' and are termed a benificial insect', as they prefer aphids as a food source, and can eat them in great numbers.

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Definition as written by melody:

Don't kill this guy either! He's the larvae of a ladybug.

These strange looking creatures are simply inmature ladybugs and can eat as many aphids as their grown up brothers and sisters.

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Definition as written by shakemh:

A predatory insect that serves as a gardening helpmate for controlling sap sucking insects.

Commonly found in most gardens when not, can usually be obtained from a bug farm.

Definition as written by shakemh:

Oh, just another item of interest to those so inclined: the ladybugs that devour the most aphids and scale insects in our gardens are actually immigrants, or should I say slave labor, brought to the U.S. twenty years ago by the Dept of Ag. from Asia.

An adult can put away up to 250 aphids a day not to mention the 1,000 or so it consumed as a larva.

Additionally, they will try to come indoors in the fall seeking a warm nook or cranny to overwinter, to then be on their way again outdoors the following spring. So if you find them about, just transport them outdoors to find shelter out there some where in a cold world.

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