A red and black ladybug sits on a leaf.

Animal's Behavior
Ladybugs (Coccinellidae, many species within the family) are known as ladybirds in many parts of the world. They are beetles with many useful qualities to humans, because they eat aphids and other pests that threaten crops. When their populations are not balanced by predation from birds, frogs and other creatures, they can become a pest. Generally, though, ladybugs are considered a favorite of children and adults everywhere.

Eating Habits
Ladybugs eat insects. Some species feed on leaves and nectar.

Virtually everywhere

Conservation Efforts
This creature is doing well on its own.

Animal Facts
There are more than 5,000 species in this family; there are at least 450 species native to North America.