Text and images by Denis Doucet
One of my favourite outdoor activities during the first warm days of spring is to look for Lady Beetles around our farm.
“Wait, what are ‘Lady Beetles’?,” you may ask.
“I thought they were ‘Ladybugs,’” you say.
Technically, “Ladybugs” are a kind of beetle (beetles represent the largest order of insects with 300,000+ species). Like other beetles, their first set of wings are all leathery and not for flight. True “bugs,” such as stink bugs, assassin bugs, plant bugs and more, are all part of the Hemiptera Order. The first set of wings of Hemipterans are half leathery and half clear. Now, on with my story, and I trust you now know why I am calling them Lady Beetles.