Ladybirds by Numbers…ten fun facts about these curious creatures

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Laurence King Publishing

Ladybirds (or ladybugs) are super useful little creatures as they help gardeners by eating pests such as mites and aphids. Ladybirds often congregate in large numbers, and like to move indoors for the winter. Never, ever squash a ladybird – as well as keeping plants healthy, they bring us good luck!



Here are 10 fun facts about these curious little creatures…


1 There are 4,500 species of ladybird worldwide – 500 in the USA and 46 in the UK

2 Like most beetles, ladybirds have 2 sets of wings

3 Ladybirds can range from 1 mm to 10 mm in length

4 Some ladybirds have no spots at all, but there is a red and black ladybird which has 24 spots

5 A ladybird’s wings beat 85 times per second

6 Ladybirds can fly at speeds of 24 km per hour

7 Ladybirds can fly up to a height of 2 km

8 Female ladybirds can eat up to 75 aphids a day but the males will only eat around 40

9 Ladybirds can lay up to 50 eggs at a time

10 Most ladybirds live for 12 months, but some can live as long as 3 years 




Read all about the ladybird in our beautiful new book, available from LKP now


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