There are many kinds of ladybugs found all over North America.
They live in fields, yards, gardens and inside homes.
They have hard, orangey-red wing covers with black spots.
They hibernate under rocks and logs (or in homes) in the winter. The 12-spotted ladybug and others are poisonous. When bothered, they push blood out through their joints that has toxins in it that smells and tastes bad.
They eat insects, mostly aphids.
Females lay yellow-orange eggs in groups on plants with aphids. The young hatch in less than a week and start eating.
Species: C. septempunctata
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