Insect Love: Lady beetles

Lady beetles (family Coccinellidae) getting it on. Photographed 08/26/2010 near Clayton Michigan.

I’m going to go ahead and call these lady beetles (order Coleoptera, family Coccinellidae) and not ladybugs.  True bugs are in the insect order Hemiptera, so it seems inaccurate to refer to lady beetles as “bugs.”

The pair above are engaged in what I understand may be up to two hours of mating.  The female then lays fertilized eggs on the undersides of leaves.

I can only speculate that the male took her out for a dinner of aphids (Aphididae) and scales (Coccidae) beforehand.  Lady beetles are important control agents of these plant pests.  Incidentally, aphids and scales are true bugs.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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