There are over 5,000 species of ladybugs in the world, but they are best known in North America for their red body with black spots. This bright coloring is used to discourage other animals that may try to eat them. Like many other insects with bright coloring, they are protected by an odorous, noxious fluid that seeps out of their joints when the insects are disturbed. While they are classified as a pest they are very helpful in keeping other pest infestations to a manageable level.
Ladybugs are most commonly found in agricultural fields, gardens, and wooded areas. Female ladybugs will lay groupings of eggs on leaves, but many of the eggs won’t be fertilized, so the young ladybugs that are born will have food in the unfertilized eggs when they are born.