We’ve gotten a lot of questions and phone calls regarding the ladybug larva. So here’s a quick run down for those of you that are experiencing ladybug larva around your property.
Ladybug Life Cycle
The female ladybug will lay her eggs on the undersides of leaves where there is a lot of food (aphids). The eggs will hatch three to five days later.
When you think about what a baby ladybug might look like, you probably think of a small cute version of the adult, right? Well, lets just say that a baby ladybug (larva) lives up to the saying “A face only a mother could love”. Baby ladybugs (ladybug larvae) are long and black with orange markings on its back, a little spikey looking and some say that they resemble alligators, but a whole lot smaller of course! I don’t see that but you can let your imagination go…
For more information on ladybugs or ladybug larva, call the experts at www.callnorthwest.com.
Director of Pest Services
Valentine’s Day is a day of LOVE! Bugs aren’t something that we usually “love” but in the spirit of the holiday, here are 5 bugs to love!
- Ladybugs are not only one of the cuter bugs out there but they are beneficial because they eat large quantities of aphids, mites and other arthropods that feed on various plants in your yard or garden. Imported more than 100 years ago to defend orchards and orange groves, ladybugs can eat up to 5,000 pests in their lifetime.
- Earthworms are nature’s most efficient composters. These scavengers create the kind of well-aerated, humus-rich soil gardeners call “black gold.”
- The love bug is also known as the honeymoon fly, kissing bug, or double-headed bug. The adult is a small, flying insect common to the southeastern United States, especially along the Gulf Coast. During and after mating, adult pairs remain coupled, even in flight, for up to several days.
- The praying mantis is named for the “praying” position that it often assumes. This insect will eat just about any living thing it can fit in its mouth, helpful or not. It is known to consume mosquitoes, nocturnal moths, bees, beetles, small lizards, even frogs—as well as fellow praying mantises.
- Bumblebees collect nectar and the pollen that will make tomato plants and apple trees produce more fruit. The female bumblebee can sting but they much prefer to stick to gentler business.