Thursday, February 17, 2011


A Luck Bug. Photo courtesy: flickr

Ladybugs are probably the world's most beloved insect - the official bug of six US states and thought to in some cultures to be close to God or saints. The Turks associate them with good fortune and call them the "luck bug". They're also one of nature's workhorses.

Voracious hunters of aphids and other plant-eating pests that damage crops, ladybugs and other predator insects add $4.5 billion to the US economy each year through natural pest suppression, according to a study co-authored by entomologist John Losey in 2006.

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