Before I answer that question, I'd just like to say, I'm sorry to those who wrote in last week and I wasn't able to answer your comments about the mind blog. I was off at the RWA Nationals pitching my book....and yes, I did get a request! WooHoo. I'll let you know how that goes in the future.
Now, on to the question.
I dislike ladybugs and butterflies, don’t ask me why because as a kid I played with them all, but somewhere along the road of adulthood I developed a phobia about them. I don’t want them touching me, after a little research on the buggers I think I know why.
Although the ladybug (known in England as a ladybird) is the official insect of Ohio, the ladybug is really a beetle with large mandibles that can eat up to fifty mealybugs or mites in a day! Their cute little black spots on their red, yellow, or orange shells are actually a warning to birds that they are POISONOUS, and if a bird doesn’t take heed -- there's trouble ahead. If the bird eats just one ladybug he’ll be very sick for about three days. The only good thing about that is, he won’t ever eat a ladybug again because the bird will remember the spots.
So, my question is, what’s the bird to do when he sees this ladybug without any spots? And birds are the major predator of ladybugs! Another cruel joke from God, I guess. Like the one God plays on us women; invent cake and ice cream and let men eat all they want without putting on a pound, but let just one woman think about cake and ice cream and she’ll gain fifty pounds in that split second it crossed her mind! See!!! Now just look at me for making that example – I can’t get out of my chair!
Another little tidbit you might like to know about your cute little ladybug, is when she feels threatened she will excrete blood from her leg joints that is meant to ward off predators…how does that help you say? Her blood smells and is toxic. She’ll also PLAY DEAD when threatened. Hum, pretty and has brains too!
Did you know Ladybugs where taken into space in 1999? Yeah, and they did just fine during the journey. Non-gravity didn’t bother them a bit.
Interestingly, there is a total of 5000 species of ladybugs. 450 in the good old USA alone and 98 different species out of the 450 live in Florida…now it’s that nice.
photos by http://www.ladybug-life-cycle.com/