How do Ladybugs or Ladybird beetle protect themselves from predators?
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.
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 ladybuglady.co
Excerpts courtesy of Entnem.ufl.edu lady beetle
Image 1. lady beetle larva courtesy of Wikimedia.org _lady-beetle-larva.jpeg
Image 2. ladybug adult courtesy of NaturesCrusaders