Glow-in-the-Dark Ladybug (Small Teardrop)
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The scientific name for a ladybug is a coccinellidae, which means ‘little red sphere’ or coleoptera, which means ‘sheath-winged’, but most people just call them ladybugs, lady beetles, or ladybird beetles. There are different versions of how these beetles came to be known as ladybugs, but one of the most popular versions is that during the Middle Ages in Europe, the crops were being taken over by insects and dying. People were beginning to starve so the farmers decided to pray to the Virgin Mary to help them with their insect problem. The farmers were a little bit upset when even more insects showed up, little red beetles with black spots on them, because they thought that these new insects were going to eat the crops too. But the beetles that came actually ate the bugs that were eating the crops, and so the beetles became known as the “beetles of Our Lady”, eventually shortened to simply ladybug. * Because Ladybugs eat lots of aphids and other pest insects, many gardeners and farmers use them for pest control instead of chemicals. * A Ladybug can lay up to 1000 eggs in its lifetime. * Not all Ladybugs have spots. * Ladybugs will clean themselves after a meal. * Ladybugs come in many colors like pink, yellow, white, orange and black. * Over 300 types of Ladybugs live in North America. * Ladybugs make a chemical that smells and tastes bad so predators won’t eat them. * Ladybugs hibernate in large groups in cold weather. * Many countries consider a ladybug to be a sign of good luck. * Ladybugs are actually beetles, so sometimes are called Ladybeetles. * The bright colors of Ladybugs warn birds that they don’t taste good. * The spots on a Ladybug fade as they get older.
Butterflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inch to a huge almost 12 inches. Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow. Some people say that when the black bands on the Woolybear ...
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