Ladybugs important part of our ecosystem

  • Courtesy of Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Ladybugs eat agricultural pests, play important role in our ecosystem.

    Courtesy of Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Ladybugs eat agricultural pests, play important role in our ecosystem.

 
Updated 5/15/2012 11:33 AM

Second-graders in Rachel Boehm's class at Hawthorn Elementary School North in Vernon Hills asked, "Why are ladybugs called ladies if they are aren't ladies?" These beautiful hard-coated insects, typically red with black spots, are an important part of our ecosystem. There are male ladybugs and female ladybugs. Most likely the name is an Old English reference to the Virgin Mary, who was depicted in early paintings wearing a red cloak.

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