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Ladybug

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Ladybug (Hippodamia convergens)

Habitat: Ladybugs live just about anywhere; they live in trees, gardens, fields, and in homes. They like warm temperatures and they hibernate during the winter.

Size: 6-8mm

Predators/Prey: Their favorite food is aphids. If aphids are scarce they feed on nectar, pollen, and soft plant parts. Lifespan: The total time from egg to adult is about 30 days. As adults they live one to two years.

Interesting facts: Ladybugs are considered to be beneficial insects because they can help with pest control in gardens and fields.

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