Ladybugs are a breed of Convergent Beetle named Hippodamia Convergens, that are general predators that feed on Aphids and a variety of slow-moving, soft bodied garden pests. Ladybugs can be identified by their red domed shell with black spots. These beneficial insects are a must-have for organic gardening or farming. A ladybug will eat insects during both the adult and larval stages, so you can receive ladybugs as adults and continue to have live ladybugs eating during other parts of their life cycle.
Lifespan of the Ladybug (Hippodamia convergens):
The process of hatching from the eggs to becoming adult ladybugs will take roughly 3 - 4 weeks in summer, and 6 weeks in spring. When released, our live adult ladybugs should mate and lay eggs within 8-10 days of being released .The eggs will hatch into larvae within 5 days. The newly hatched larvae will feed on Aphids for up to three weeks, and then they will enter the pupae stage. The adult ladybug emerges about a week later. However, they usually don't have their black spots for their first 24 hrs. of their adult hood. So, if your catch one with out spots, you may have found a brand new adult. There may be as many as six generations of ladybugs hatching in a year. Temperature and food availability will determine the timing of each stage and reproduction. One female can lay up to 1,500 eggs over their 100 - day lifetime.