Lady bugs or Ladybirds? What do you call them?


Thankyou to Mrs. Seagraves’  for these facts

There are nearly 5,000 different kinds of ladybugs worldwide and 400  which live in North America. 

A female ladybug will lay more than 1000 eggs in her lifetime.

A ladybug beats its wings 85 times a second when it flies.

Aphids are a ladybug’s favorite food. 

Ladybugs chew from side to side and not up and down like people do.

A gallon jar will hold from 72,000 to 80,000 ladybugs.

Ladybugs make a chemical that smells and tastes terrible so that birds and other predators won’t eat them.

If you squeeze a ladybug it will bite you, but the bite won’t hurt.

The spots on a ladybug fade as the ladybug gets older.

During hibernation, ladybugs feed on their stored fat.

Ladybugs won’t fly if the temperature is below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

The ladybug is the official state insect of Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Tennessee.

The male ladybug is usually smaller than the female.

The Asian Lady Beetle can live up to 2-3 years if the conditions are right.


Ladybugs have become a popular theme for stitchery and applique designers in recent years  also. Here are a couple of my favourites –

‘Little Lady, Mom and baby’ by Cori Blunt of Chitter Chatter designs

The Little Lady Bug

The ‘Litte Lady Bug’ by Cinderberry Stitches

mmmm, I can feel another ladybug design coming….they are just ‘nice’ aren’t they and such a delight to find in the spring garden.

hugs and happy stitching


Published in: on September 29, 2008 at 10:01 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Lol! I call them Ladybird bugs!! I’m not sure if that is an official term or just something made up by a confused child!
    I’m really enjoying the npnt stitcheries. I’ve been in hospital and took some with me! So fun to do 🙂

  2. Such good information with such a cute design. Love it, love it. This is such a good idea nice people sharing nice things. Thank you for sharing all that you share. It brings the warm fuzzies to my heart. Thanks again.

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