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Do ladybugs live through the winter? | Ask Dr. Universe

 

April 19, 2017



Dear Dr. Universe,

How do ladybugs survive the winter? Are ladybugs we see in spring several years old or did they just hatch? Are they worms before they are beetles?

Tanya, Pullman

Dear Tanya,

You know it’s springtime when animals start coming out of hibernation. That includes ladybugs that crawl out from their cozy winter hiding places.

As you pointed out, ladybugs are actually a kind of beetle called the ladybird beetle. They go through a life cycle of four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult.

When these young larvae hatch from their yellowish eggs, they...



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