Springwatch ladybird quiz
To get you in the ladybird spotting frame of mind, Dr Helen Roy from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Peter Brown from the Anglia Ruskin University have helped us put together a ladybird quiz. Let's see how much you know about this dappled garden visitor.
You can find the ladybird quiz answers on the new Nature UK blog. Good luck!
What makes a beetle a ladybird?
A. Size and shape of the wing casing
B. The distinctive red and black wing casing
C. The length of antennae and number of toes
How many species of ladybirds do we have in the UK?
Why are ladybirds so brightly coloured?
A. To attract a mate
B. To warn off potential predators
C. To help camouflage them in their favourite flowers
Will a ladybird have the same number of spots for life?
A. Yes. Except in the first couple of days as an adult
B. No. As ladybirds grow the number of spots on their casing increases until they reach adulthood
C. The amount of spots varies over time depending on diet
Why are ladybirds called 'ladybirds'?
A. Because all ladybirds begin life female before some change into males depending on the population
B. From a biblical reference to the Virgin Mary 'Our Lady' who wore a red cloak
C. They are named after blushing rouge-cheeked Victorian ladies
Ladybirds leave a chemical footprint trail as they wander over leaves, but who benefits from their smelly feet?
A. Newly hatched young who use the trail as a guide home
B. The ladybird itself as it confuses the senses of predators
C. Parasitic wasps use it to avoid laying eggs in aphids that are potential ladybird lunch
The scarce seven-spot (Coccinella magnifica) lives in close association with which other species?
C. Wood ants
The five-spot ladybird (Coccinella 5-punctata) lives in a very unusual location. Where?
A. Exposed sea cliffs
B. Disturbed river shingle banks that flood
C. Near fast flowing rivers
Ladybirds develop through four stages during their life cycle: egg, larva, pupae and adult. What is the first meal for a newly hatched larvae?
A. Juicy plant shoots
B. An un-hatched sibling
C. A tasty passing aphid
What is the sticky yellow residue produced by ladybirds when disturbed?
To find out more about the lifecycle of ladybirds, their identification, their habitats and natural enemies read my 'Have you seen any ladybirds?' blog post.
The ladybird quiz answers have been published on the new Nature UK blog. Good luck!