Ladybirds are widely adored for ladybugs spotty bodies, but these cute beetles often eat each other and are infested with blood-sucking mites. Ladybirds are pretty little beetles, adored by children for their black-on-red spottiness and friendly crawling-over-hand behaviour.
Gardeners love them because sex eat all those nasty aphids. True, true. But there's more to ladybirds than this.
Most are highly promiscuous. Sexually transmitted diseases are common. Many species show cannibalistic tendencies. View image of Orange ladybirds Halyzia sedecimguttata don't look typical Credit: Are they called ladybirds or ladybugs?