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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Ladybird

Ladybirds, sometimes known as Ladybugs and less commonly Lady Beetles are named for a specific lady- the Virgin Mary. The reason why isn't precisely known.

Ladybirds are actually beetles and their correct name is The Ladybird Beetle.


The earliest mention of the word "ladybird", referring to the beetle, is noted by the Oxford English Dictionary to have occurred in 1674 in a dictionary of sorts covering southern English words.

There are 4,300 known species of ladybugs in the world.

There are 46 types of ladybird in Britain, but only 26 have bright colors and patterns that make them recognizable as ladybirds.

A group of ladybugs is called a "loveliness of ladybugs."

Ladybirds often hibernate in clumps made up of millions of individuals.

The 10-spot ladybird has between 0 and 15 spots.

Happy Female ladybirds, which are larger than males, eat as many as 75 aphids a day.

Ladybirds can fly 74 miles non-stop. They can reach speeds of 37 mph 959.5 kmh)— the same as a racehorse — and heights of 3,600ft. (1.1 km).



The brighter the color of a ladybug, the more toxic it is.

Ladybugs bleed from their knees when threatened.


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