January Bug of the Month

Lady Bug, Lady Bug, Fly Away Home!

Do you know why we call them lady bugs? It originated in Europe in the Middle Ages. Catholic farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary when insects were destroying their crops. When ladybugs appeared on the scene to eat the pests that were destroying the plants, the farmers began calling them “The Beetles of Our Lady,” which eventually was shorted to “Lady Beetles,” and then the common term we know today. There are 5,000 species of ladybugs found in the world, some of which can be seen in Texas. They are counted among the most popular of insects, due largely to their polka-dot exterior. Ladybugs make their homes in fields, trees, and gardens, where insect populations are known to be high. Since their food source is that of soft-bodied insects, this is a prime place for them to set up shop. A ladybug can consume up to 50 insects per day, which also helps to protect plant life. They are not harmful to humans in any way but rather beneficial to protecting your plants by feeding on aphids and mites.