Ladybugs, also known as ladybirds, lady beetles, lady cows, and, scientifically, as Coccinelidae, are a family of small beetles. There are around 5,000 – 6,000 different species of ladybugs across the world (with more than 100 existing in Europe and more than 450 native to North America), classified into 370 genera.
The most common problem with ladybugs occurs in fall, when adults try to enter homes in an effort to find shelter until the spring. They do not harm people or pets, do not sting, do not carry diseases, do not feed on or damage anything inside the house, and they cannot breed indoors.
Ladybugs, or lady beetles, are beneficial insects to gardeners because they are predators of garden pests like aphids and spider mites. However, you need to keep the ladybugs under control, as come autumn, the adult beetles will try to enter your home to find shelter until the spring. If they gain entry, they can be a pest all winter. They
Ladybugs are part of the Coccinellidae family, and are part of the Coleoptera order, meaning they are small beetles. Their colours are commonly yellow, orange, or red with small black spots on their wing covers, and with black legs, heads and antennae. They are generally considered useful insects, as they prey on aphids or scale insects, which are agricultural pests. Some species, however, can have a negative effect as well, because they are herbivores themselves, and can eat leaves of grain, potatoes, beans, and various other crops, as they can occur in practically all the major crop-producing regions of temperate and tropical countries.