Did you know that there are over 300 species of ladybird beetles from Australia and there are more than 5200 worldwide? These tiny creatures have brought significant changes to the horticultural industries as part of integrated pest management (IPM) systems – ending or drastically reducing the use of harsh pesticide chemicals to control aphids, mites and other crop damaging pests.
The ladybird life cycle is similar in most species, lasting about a year. They breed as adults in the spring time and the females lay eggs right through summer, laying as many as 1000 eggs each. Eggs take about 4 days to hatch, depending on the temperature (10 days at 15 degrees C to 2 days at 35 degrees C).

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