Range:

Almost worldwide but especially in temperate climates

Habitat:

Gardens, forests, weed patches, and vacant lots full of weeds

One cute insect

A popular symbol of springtime is the speckled, miniature dome of a ladybug as it strolls along a plant stem looking for its next meal. They are also found in nursery rhymes and folklore around the world. Of all the creepy crawlies, ladybugs are the most beloved and respected of insects.

Good-luck bug

Lady "bugs" are a group of beetles that are also known as ladybird beetles or lady beetles. In fact, the name ladybug is a slang term for the more correct name, lady beetle. They are harmless to humans and are often considered cute by people who don't like other insects. Some people think ladybugs are a sign of good luck.

When ladybugs fly, they beat their wings about 85 times per second.
Not all ladybugs have spots. The "Paramysia oblonguttata," for example, is striped, and some species have no spots at all.
A single ladybug larva was observed to have eaten 25 aphids per day for a total of 475 aphids during the course of its larval phase.
A two-spot ladybug can be red with two to six spots, or it can be completely black.
Ladybugs have traveled into space. Four ladybugs and a jar of aphids were carried on a space shuttle as part of a zero gravity test to study their movement. The ladybugs were able to capture their prey without the help of gravity.

Ladybugs are often released on San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park grounds to help with pest control.

Ladybug populations are stable.