Where Do Ladybugs Live?

Photo: Ameli / Flickr
Photo: Ameli / Flickr

Ladybugs are common garden insects, although they are also frequently found in various habitats, including agricultural fields, grasslands, wooded areas, suburbs, towns or near flowing water. Known for their voracious appetites, ladybugs are a usual sight in places with an abundant supply of aphids and other plant-eating insects.

An estimated 5,000 species of ladybugs are distributed across the world. These insects, also referred to as ladybird beetles or lady beetles, are characterized by their brightly colored bodies, which are especially helpful in warding off predators.

During their breeding season, ladybugs deposit their eggs under heavy foliage and forage for food under the leaves. In wintertime, ladybugs start scouting for places where they can hibernate, such as inside decaying wood or beneath rocks. Ladybugs are also known to invade homes by getting in through tiny openings found in the walls, windows and doors.

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