posted on Nov, 30 2005 @ 02:32 AM
Originally posted by Nventual
They're out the front of our house. The babies look like lady bugs, and the adults walk around attatched by their backside (I don't think they're
mating). They're red and black, and today they were eating a dead moth; they don't eat plants.
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words...
What does the adults look like?
I would say that they are in fact mating, as that would be the only reason two adult bugs would walk around attached by their backsides. Ladybugs
however mate male on top of the female, and not back-to-back.
That said, remember that there are many different species of ladybugs.
Take a look at this chart. These are all ladybugs and many of them aren't even red and black. There are about 350 different species of lady beetles
in North America. Pictured here are only 24 different species.
Chart of ladybugs - incomplete
An important thing about ladybugs is their shape. Adults have a very characteristic convex, hemispherical to oval body shape. The head is covered by a
hood called the pronotum. Are they "round" or have a longer shape? This might be a leading clue.
BUT this is also a lady bug.
Also all species of ladybugs have short legs. This separates them from other beetles.
They also cluster together in groups. Clustering seems to benefit these small insects in several ways: Each ladybug has a foul smell and taste of its
own, so when thousands are together in a cluster the smell is greatly amplified and discourages many predators.
How do you know the others are "babies"? Are they a lot smaller than the "adults"? I ask this because most beetles - including ladybugs - have