Release your ladybugs within one week of emerging from their pupal stage. If you want to encourage them to remain in your garden, the best time to release them is in the evening after sundown or in the morning before sunup. If it is winter, keep your ladybugs in their habitat during their entire life span.
Release your ladybugs when temperatures are at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
During the winter, ladybugs look for a warm place to hibernate.
Take your Ladybug Land outdoors, remove the dome and let your ladybugs fly away! Remember, ladybugs are very helpful members of our environment!
Yes! Gardeners love ladybugs because they eat plant pests like aphids, white flies, mites, and scale insects.
A ladybug can eat up to 5,000 aphids in its lifetime.
Ladybugs are predators because they eat other insects.
One ladybug can lay 50 eggs in one day. She can lay up to 1,000 eggs during her lifetime!
Entomologists (scientists who study insects) believe that the ladybug’s red color and black spots protect her by warning predators that she has a bitter taste.
A ladybug will also play dead in an effort to protect itself.
Expect 5 to 7 days for delivery.
Yes! Ladybugs excrete a substance that tastes terrible to birds and other predators. The taste is so bad it can even make a bird sick!
The spots are waste, or droppings, produced by the feeding ladybugs.
Ladybugs have to watch out for birds like crows, martins and swallows. Dragonflies, ants, parasitic wasps, tree frogs, and even fungi try to eat ladybugs too!
Yes! There are about 5,000 different kinds of ladybugs worldwide.
Yes! Ladybugs can be red, pink, yellow, orange, brown, and even black!
It’s almost impossible to tell them apart, but females are usually bigger than males.
A ladybug beats its wings 85 times per second, and can fly 15 miles an hour!
The ladybug’s scientific name is “Coccinellidae”, which means “Little Sphere"!
Insect Lore ships 10 to 13 ladybug larvae in each container. Ladybug larvae are cannibalistic by nature and may eat their own kind. We have placed paper strips in the container to reduce the chances of confrontation. Insect Lore guarantees at least five ladybug larvae will develop into adult ladybugs.
Approximately three weeks. The first week is the larval stage. The second week is the pupal stage. At the end of the second week, your adult ladybugs will emerge from the pupae. Insect Lore recommends that you release your adult ladybugs after one week of feeding and observation.
Yes! You must provide water throughout the ladybug life cycle. Remove the magnification cap from the Ladybug Land. Using the pipette, place a couple of drops of water onto the sponge in the crater every other day. Keep the sponge moist at all times, but don’t over water! Ladybugs can drown in standing water. If you see condensation on the sides of the Ladybug Land, do not add any more water until the condensation disappears.
Ladybugs love raisins! Soak 1 or 2 raisins in water. Blot them dry on a paper towel. Cut the raisins in half and drop them into your ladybug habitat. Replace the raisins as needed. If you have any aphids on leaves in your garden, you may place the leaves in your ladybug habitat. Ladybugs love to eat these harmful pests!
Yes! Your ladybugs have all the air they need to breathe, and more!
Ladybugs can live outdoors for up to one year!
If you keep them in the habitat, your ladybugs will live for two to three weeks.