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Ladybug

Last updated: February 8, 2017

What Does Ladybug Mean?

Ladybugs are small, often red or pink, rounded insects with small black spots. They are considered beneficial for gardeners because they prey on harmful pests.

Ladybugs should not be confused with the invasive Asiatic beetle, which is a larger, orange insect that appears in autumn.

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Maximum Yield Explains Ladybug

Ladybugs are said to be the organic gardener’s best friend, as they eat spider mites, aphids, and mealy bugs, which are all common pests in the garden. Ladybugs are carnivorous and therefore have absolutely no interest in the plant.

Although ladybugs are native to North America, their natural numbers may not be high enough to feed and protect an entire garden, which is why they can be purchased through a commercial breeder.

Ladybugs are so efficient at reducing pests that if a gardener were to maintain adequate numbers in their greenhouse, he or she might not require any additional chemical pesticides.

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Synonyms

Ladybird

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