Ladybug Spots and Breeding *
|Time Required||Very Long (1+ months)|
|Material Availability||Ladybugs can be collected from the wild, or purchased from a local nursery or an online vendor such as Carolina Biological Supply Company.|
AbstractLadybugs are common insects in North American gardens that prey upon aphids, making them all the rage in biological pest control. Ladybugs can be bred in captivity making them a good insect to study. Just chop off an aphid infested plant stem for food, make a water soaked cotton ball for water, and add to a small plastic container with a lid to make a breeding box. You can use ladybugs collected from the wild, or buy ladybugs from your local nursery. The most common species is the 12-spotted ladybug, but there are also the seven-spotted European ladybug common in Europe and the nine-spotted ladybug common in Southeastern US. Recently, the Asian ladybird beetle has been introduced as an invasive species and competes with native Some species have a constant number of spots, while others have a variable number of spots in the population. You can breed ladybugs to find out if spot number is a heritable trait. You can also investigate the generation time and reproductive biology of ladybugs.
Cite This Page
Last edit date: 2017-07-28
Ask an ExpertThe Ask an Expert Forum is intended to be a place where students can go to find answers to science questions that they have been unable to find using other resources. If you have specific questions about your science fair project or science fair, our team of volunteer scientists can help. Our Experts won't do the work for you, but they will make suggestions, offer guidance, and help you troubleshoot.
Ask an Expert
If you like this project, you might enjoy exploring these related careers:
Animal BreederWhy is it that certain breeds of cattle produce more flesh or milk? Why is one horse faster than another? The answer is that these breeds were engineered to have these special characteristics. Animal breeders need to understand genetics in order to produce animals that are bigger, faster, or more beautiful. If you are interested in working with animals and are fascinated by the science of genetics, then you should investigate this career. Read more
Zoologist and Wildlife BiologistEver wondered what wild animals do all day, where a certain species lives, or how to make sure a species doesn't go extinct? Zoologists and wildlife biologists tackle all these questions. They study the behaviors and habitats of wild animals, while also working to maintain healthy populations, both in the wild and in captivity. Read more
News Feed on This Topic
Looking for more science fun?
Try one of our science activities for quick, anytime science explorations. The perfect thing to liven up a rainy day, school vacation, or moment of boredom.Find an Activity