What is the ladybug life cycle? I asked this question after I got this great photo of two ladybugs mating. I was so happy to see the ladybugs on my lettuce because aphids were attacking my lettuce. Ladybugs and their larvae love to eat aphids. Once I saw them on the lettuce leaves I started to look for eggs and larvae. I was very interested in seeing the actual ladybug eggs and larvae.
After some searching I found some lady bug eggs! There weren’t very many–a ladybug can actually lay many more than this but it is also normal to just lay a few. Ladybugs are from the Coccinellidae family of small beetles. They can be found worldwide. The eggs will hatch in a few days producing a larva that doesn’t look anything like a ladybug.
Know the Ladybug Life Cycle!
It is important to know what a ladybug larva looks like so you don’t kill it thinking it is some garden pest. The ladybug mother chooses a place to lay her eggs where there is food. So because I had aphids on my lettuce, the ladybug mother decided that my lettuce would make a good home for her eggs. When the eggs hatched into larvae they would have plenty to eat.
After a few weeks the larva transform into a pupa. There they will metamorphasize into an adult ladybug and the cycle will start over again. Insect Lore sells a Ladybug Land kit
to grow ladybugs so that children can watch the whole interesting process.
Here are some ladybug freebies for teachers to use.
Here is a great video showing a ladybug laying eggs. Thanks to Matty7D for the video:
Lastly here is a link to a video on the ladybug life cycle.