The ladybug is a member of the Order, Coleoptera (beetles), family Coccinellidae. Many refer to this bright cheery insect as a ladybug, however it has many names, some common names for the Ladybug are: 'Lady Beetle', 'Lady Bird', 'Cows of the Lady', 'Mary's Beetle', 'Cows of the Virgin', 'Flower Lady', 'Crop Picker', 'Lady cow', and 'Freya's Hens'. Coleoptera is the largest order with an estimated 10 Million species. There are approximately 4500 species of ladybugs, 400 in North America. They are hemispheric in shape, and generally have 6 black spots on their backs, these varies from species to species. Adult ladybugs are generally red in color but can also be yellow, orange, or pink depending on its age. Like all beetles, ladybugs are insects and have 6 legs, a head, thorax and an abdomen. They eat by chewing with their teeth. The outer hard shell, of the ladybug, is actually wing covers called Elytra. When a ladybug flies, its elytra move to the side to expose transparent wings. These wings flutter at a rate of 85 times per second. They have antennae, which are used for touch, hearing and smell. They use their feet to smell, as well.
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