Posts tagged ‘Beetle’

Do a ladybug’ spots tell how old it is?

Insect

No, the number of spots a ladybug has does not indicate its age.  If it did, most lady bugs would have only one spot, because few of them live more than a year.  There are many different types of ladybugs, and each kind has a different number of spots.

Some dot have any spots at all.  Some ladybugs are named after the number of spots on their backs.  For example, there are two-, five-, nine-, thirteen- and fifteen-spotted ladybugs.

Ladybugs are not really bugs, they are beetles.  Ladybugs are often bright red or yellow, with lack, red, white or yellow spots.–Dick Rogers

Do insects have bones?

Insect

If you could look inside an insect’s body, you wouldn’t see any bones. But insects do have skeletons!  Insects differ from creatures with back-bones, such as humans, horses, dogs and fishes.  These animals have hard skeletons inside their bodies. Your skeleton is made of bone, and the rest of your body is shaped around it.

An insect’s skeleton though, is a tough outer shell.  It provides support and protection for the insect’s soft insides.  Some insects, especially beetles have hard, heavy skeletons.  Others, such as butterflies have light, thin skeleton. – Dick Rogers

What is a tumblebug?

Tumblebug

Did you ever see a bug that could tumble?  The tumblebug can!

“Tumblebug” is the name of a beetle that has the peculiar habit of rolling balls of dung (manure) along the ground.  It gets its name from the fact that it often tumbles as it rolls these large balls.

Tumblebug, also called “dung beetle”, can be found living in many parts of the world.

They are members of the famous scarab beetle family, sacred symbols to the ancient Egyptians.

The tumblebug carves out a mass of fresh dung and rolls it into a perfect ball.

Then, standing on it head with its hind feet on the ball, the tumblebug rolls the ball to a place of safety.

When it finds a suitable spot, it digs a hole and rolls the ball into the note.

It may eat the ball, or it may lay an egg in it and bury it.

The dung serves as food for the baby tumblebug that hatches from the egg.– Dick Rogers

 

What are ladybirds?

Beetle

Ladybirds are really small, spotted beetles with a rounded body shaped like half a pea.

The polka-dotted ladybird, or ladybug, is really  small beetle with a round body shaped like half a pea.  The most familiar ladybirds are shiny red with black spots.  But some are black with red spots.  Still others are yellow with black of red spots.

These gaily colored insects live in a orchards, gardens, and fields, where they eat great number of aphids and other plant-harming bugs.

In order times, farmers burning off their fields fretted about harming the helpful ladybird, giving rise to the children’s verse:  “ladybird, ladybird, fly away home.  Your house is on fire and your children are gone.”

To “fly away home,” a ladybird first raises its hard wing covers and then unfolds it flying wings.

The lady bird beetle got its name during the Middle Ages, when the insect was associated with the Virgin Mary by such names as creatures of Our Lady and Animals of the Virgin. – Dick Rogers