|I bet ladybirds on flowers don't look as pretty to aphids!|
Last year I wrote a blog on how to help ladybirds in your garden and she gave you some fun facts. I've got some more (slightly yucky) facts for you:
- They aren't just red, yellow, orange or pink types exist too.
- The number of spots on spotted varieties varies between 2 and 24.
- Only 26 of the 46 British ladybirds are recognised by their bright, spotty appearance, others are less colourful and even stripey.
- Male ladybirds can eat up to 40 greenfly a day but female ladybirds are really greedy and they can eat up to a whopping 75 greenfly a day!
- They scare off any creature who try treat them by making a yellow smelly, oily liquid from their back legs called reflex blood- YUCK!
- A hundred years ago people thought that if a Ladybird alighted on your hand you would get new gloves, if it landed on your head you'd get a new hat.....Mummy says she is going to try gently place some on her feet so Daddy buys her some new shoes!!
- Two hundred years ago some doctors used Ladybirds to treat measles! They also believed that mashed ladybirds (ewww!) could cure toothache !!
Ladybird lifeThere have been loads of ladybirds around recently but they are about to disappear. Don't worry though as they will be back in late summer.
|Wow, ladybirds change almost as much as caterpillars!|
Between October and February most ladybirds with be having a good long sleep- they're just sensible and avoiding the worst of our Scottish weather. You'll see loads of them feeding on their favourite dinner in March to May. Hungry baby ladybirds are born in June and July and these also eat loads greenfly before sleeping again from Autumn.