Springwatch Ladybird Quiz answers
Did you try our ladybird quiz If not try it now (and no taking a sneaky look at the answers first).
It was a toughie. No one got all 10 questions correct, so have a go and let us know how you score.
Well done to Naturalist12 and AdamLCanning for trying. Naturalist12 your comment is absolutely spot-on (sorry, obvious pun!).
And when you've finished get out there and go spot some ladybirds for real. This week the BBC Breathing Places CEH National ladybird survey launched and they'd love to know how many you've spotted.
Answer 1 C: Ladybirds are distinguished from other beetles by their relatively short antennae (11 segments) and the fact their feet have four segments.
Answer 2 A: There are 46 species of ladybird in the UK but only 26 actually resemble a 'traditional' ladybird.
Answer 3 B: Ladybirds' bright colours warn potential predators that they will taste bad. However, some beetles in the ladybird family are dull-coloured with no spots like the larch ladybird.
Answer 4 A: When a ladybird first emerges from its pupal case, it is plain yellow, with no spots. The spots appear over the next day or so, and once established the ladybird will have that number of spots for the rest of its life.
Answer 5 B: The name 'ladybird' is thought to derive from "Our Lady" - in early pictures Mary wore a red cloak - and the seven spots were thought to represent the seven joys and sorrows of Mary.
Answer 6 C:Parasitic wasps lay their eggs in aphid larvae which are a favourite feast for a hungry ladybird. The wasps use the chemical trails left by ladybirds to avoid laying eggs in a ladybirds' hunting ground.
Answer 7 C: Scarce seven-spot ladybirds are ant-loving 'myrmecophiles' and live harmoniously with the ordinarily aggressive wood ant. During the winter months, the seven-spot enters the wood ant nests to sit out the cold.
Answer 9 B : The first meal for a newly hatched larvae will usually be one of its siblings! Predatory ladybirds lay their eggs in clutches of 20 to 40 eggs. When a ladybird larva hatches from its egg it consumes its own egg case and then turns to feed on one of its un-hatched siblings.
Catching an aphid is very challenging for a newly hatched and hungry larva. Once the ladybird has developed to an adult, however, aphids are a staple part of its diet.
Test your predatory ladybird skills with the Woodland trusts - ladybird game.
Answer 10 C: The sticky yellow goo a ladybird secretes when disturbed is reflex blood. It has a very unpleasant smell and contains the toxic alkaloids that deter predators.
How did you do? Try identifying ladybirds in your local area and join in with the National ladybird survey which launched this week.