The Ladybird is one of the smallest animals in the Kawaii Animals gang. Their proper name is Coccinellidae, but they are colloquially known as Ladybirds in the UK, Ladybugs in the US and across Europe Ladybeetles. Here at Kawaii Animals HQ we think that the Ladybird is one of the most adorable animals in the kingdom. Is it possible to dislike them? Absolutely not!
Here are some interesting facts about our favourite insect courtesy of onekind.org:
Ladybirds are generally considered useful insects and one of the greatest allies of the farmer and the gardener as many species feed on aphids or scale insects, which are pests in gardens, agricultural fields, orchards, and similar places. They are nature’s own ‘pest’ controllers and are more effective than poisonous chemicals.
Their bright colour and pattern not only make them attractive visitors to the garden, but also help to protect them by warning potential predators of their distastefulness. They exude an unpleasant yellow substance (reflex blood) from their leg joints when attacked which is rich in toxic alkaloids. Their colouring is likely a reminder to any animals that have tried to eat their kind before: “I taste awful.” A threatened ladybird may both play dead and secrete the unappetizing substance to protect itself.
Ladybirds in temperate areas usually hibernate through the winter as adults often in large groups. Millions of them come together in parts of the south-western USA, where they cover the ground in a brilliant blanket.
A common myth is that the number of spots on the insect’s back indicates its age. Throughout the world superstition states that it is unlucky to kill a ladybird and there are myths surrounding their good fortune.
Do you believe in the luck of the Ladybird? We certainly do at Kawaii Animals and Ladybird string doll would love to be your lucky charm. Or you could wear our Ladybird watch or brooch.
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