Riddled with Life: Friendly Worms, Ladybug Sex, and the Parasites That Make Us Who We Are by Marlene ZukWe think of disease as our enemy, something we try to eradicate; germs and infections are things we battle. But in this witty, engaging book, evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk reveals that, in fact, disease is our partner, not our foe, and is responsible for everything from how we look to how we have sex.
Since the earliest days of life on earth, disease has evolved alongside us. Drawing on the latest research and studies, Zuk explains the role of disease in answering a fascinating range of questions such as: Why do men die younger than women? Why does the average male bird not have a penis? Why do we—and lots of other animals—get STDs? How is our obsession with cleanliness making us sicker? And how can parasites sometimes make us well?
Using her own work on sexual selection as well as a sampling of stories from the natural world, Zuk makes us reconsider the fearsome parasite.
Ladybug Facts for Kids
Now next time a Ladybird lands on you, you can proceed to amaze your friends and family with your extended knowledge. Some of these you may well know already, but I really hope you pick up one or two facts about Ladybugs here that you can use in future. An adult ladybug may actually eat up to 75 aphids in a single day! A staggering general figure of Aphids during its lifetime. In Victorian times, it was fairly common for doctors to mash up ladybugs for dental care!
There are different versions of how these beetles came to be known as ladybugs, but one of the most popular versions is that during the Middle Ages in Europe, the crops were being taken over by insects and dying. People were beginning to starve so the farmers decided to pray to the Virgin Mary to help them with their insect problem. The farmers were a little bit upset when even more insects showed up, little red beetles with black spots on them, because they thought that these new insects were going to eat the crops, too. The insects were Australian scale insects, so the farmers imported Australian ladybugs and released them into the orchards. Within two years the orchards were free of the scale bugs and the entire orange and lemon industry was saved by the ladybugs.
There are many fun facts about ladybugs that are all just as interesting as the next. Here are 5 facts on the ladybug for you to impress your friends with! Ladybugs have a huge appetite and their favorite foot is aphids. The larvae of ladybugs will start eating aphids immediately upon hatching. During their lifetime, which only lasts 3 to 6 weeks, one lady bug will eat around 5, aphids.
Some states even have a ladybug species as their state insect. Do you know everything there is to know about ladybugs? Interestingly, the species chosen by NY—the 9 spotted ladybug—has become rare if not extinct in parts of its range, replaced by other species like the multicolored Asian ladybug. Ladybugs are a type of beetle. Beetles are the most plentiful animal group on earth. There are different ladybug species in North America and over ! Ladybugs eat aphids, and lots of them!
Children are naturally drawn to insects, especially ladybugs. Here are 20 ladybug facts for kids to share while observing ladybugs, while talking about them, while reading about them, or even during circle time. Maybe you even have a ladybug preschool theme in your preschool curriculum! On the hunt for preschool ladybug activities? These ladybug lesson plans by our friends at Preschool Teacher have so many great ideas and learning activities. My preschoolers and I recently witnessed 1, ladybugs being released into our greenhouse, and it was incredible.