Ladybug goo best defence is a good offense

How do Ladybugs or Ladybird beetle protect themselves from predators?

Orange and black ladybug larvae

Orange and black ladybug larvae

Using one of nature’s oldest trick called camouflage both larvae and adults are colored in bright colors like red and black, orange and black, yellow and black with bold patterns. The colors and pattern of their spots remind birds and other critters to beware -stay away Their coloring mimics poisonous animal defense colors like the army soldiers wears camouflage so the enemy can not spot them as easily and they will blend in with their environment.

The other handy defense weapon in the ladybug arsenal is used when colors are not working well to protect itself. When the animal goes to eat it – smelly goo will ooze out of its leg joints.

Protective coloration on ladybug

Protective coloration on ladybugooze out of the joints of its legs.

This is called “reflex bleeding”. This will deter many predators from eating them, because does not taste like candy and smells bad.

So the ladybug may live to eat more aphids tomorrow


Excerpts courtesy of

Excerpts courtesy of lady beetle

Image 1. lady beetle larva courtesy of _lady-beetle-larva.jpeg

Image 2. ladybug adult courtesy of NaturesCrusaders


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