I love ladybugs not only because of their beautiful polka-dots, or that they come in red or orange – not to mention they are so darn cute. I really, really like them because they eat other bad bugs that are in the garden, like aphids.
Also, ladybugs lay hundreds of egg in the colonies of aphids and other plant eating pests. When they hatch, the ladybug larvae immediately begin to feed. By the end of its three-to-six week life, a lady bug may eat some 5,000 aphids. Pretty amazing, uh?