Bethel America: Largely a Ladybug Landfill

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Rayanna Gaines, Staff Writer

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As winter approaches so does the abundance of Ladybugs/Ladybirds/Lady Beetles moving into Bethel. Since ladybugs are here for a while on their way down south for the winter, here’s some more information about our newfound neighbors.

Coloring/Lifespan

They are often colored red, yellow, or orange with black spots on their wing covers and black legs, heads, and antennae. Most coccinellids have round to elliptical, dome-shaped bodies with six short legs. Depending on the species, they can have spots, stripes, or no markings at all. Seven-spotted coccinellids are red or orange with three spots on each side and one in the middle; they have a black head with white patches on each side. Many of the species are either mostly or entirely black, brown, dark gray, or gray. Their lifespan is typically one to two years on average. Eggs hatch after 3-4 days after which, depending on resources, the larvae pass through 4 instars over 10-14 days after the 4 instars pupation occurs.

Ladybird or Ladybug?

In Britain and other parts of the world, ladybugs have been referred to as ladybirds. The term ladybirds is supposed to signify the Queen because she used to wear red cloaks with black dots.

Classification and Subfamilies

The scientific name for ladybugs is Coccinellidae. Lower subfamilies include Chilocorinae Mulsant, Coccidulinae Mulsant, Coccinellinae Latreille, Epilachninae, Hyperaspindinae Duverger, Microweiseinae Leng, Scymninae Mulsant, Sticholotidinae Weise. They are all part of the Coccinellidae Latreille family.

Asian Beetle?

Asian beetles and ladybugs are not the same although Asian beetles, Harmonia axyridis, is apart of the same family.

Sources

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