Ladybugs, also known as lady beetles, are carnivorous insects that feed mainly on aphids. They hibernate during the winter and leave their winter sleep in spring to spawn and start a new generation.
The length of a ladybird’s life cycle varies depending on weather conditions and the availability of food. On average, transition from egg to adult extends to three or four weeks.
Female ladybugs lay yellow eggs in clusters of 10 to 50 each at the bottom of the leaves — for the protection of predators — and close to the aphid colonies so that the hatched larvae have a food supply .
Stage of the larva
In days of three to five eggs that hatch in bluish-black larvae with orange spots. The larvae are long, have spines and look like miniature alligators with six legs. They voraciously feed on the mites and aphids around and shed their skin as they grow.
The stage of the larvae lasts two to three weeks after they adhere to leaves and begin the pupa stage.
After seven to 10 days in a pupa state, the adult ladybugs emerge.