Ladybugs have a natural life span of 2-3 years and can consume up to 5,000 insects (aphids, mites and young spiders) during that time. Their bright colour wards off potential predators and for added protection they can exude a toxin through the joints of their skeleton that “tastes bad” to anything that may consider making a meal of the Ladybug. Smart bugs!
Seen in large numbers in the vineyard this pruning season is an encouraging sign as ladybugs are a good indicator of a balanced eco-system.
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