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Meet the Real Life Pink Ladybug

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This article will explore everything you need to know about pink ladybugs, including their appearance, habitat, behaviour, and more.

Pink Ladybug Appearance

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The pink ladybug stands out from the typical red and black ladybugs we are used to seeing. As the name suggests, these ladybugs have a pink hue to their bodies, which makes them quite distinctive. The pink colouration is due to a genetic mutation that results in a lack of melanin pigment in their exoskeleton.

Aside from their pink colour, the pink ladybug looks very similar to other ladybugs. They have a round, dome-shaped body and six legs. Pink ladybugs have 12 spots on their wings, which is why they are also called the 12-spotted ladybug.

They come in three different variations. The first variation has a pinkish-red body with black spots, the second has a cream-coloured body with pink spots, and the third has a pinkish-orange body with black spots.

Where do Pink Ladybugs live?

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These critters are indigenous to North America’s southern and eastern areas, with relatively high temperatures. They are often found near the Mexican border in Florida.

There are three different types of pink ladybugs, all of which have their own unique appearance. The first variant is by far the most common and is found throughout North America’s eastern and far southern regions. The second variant is located around the Florida area, while the third is found along the Mexican border.

They are happy in many habitats, including grasslands, forests, cities, suburbs, and rivers. They tend to prefer areas with plenty of vegetation, where they can find their selected food sources.

Do Pink Ladybugs Hibernate?

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During the colder months, pink ladybugs typically hibernate in groups of up to several thousand individuals. They will seek out sheltered areas, such as under leaves or tree bark, to protect themselves from the cold. They will emerge from their hiding places when temperatures rise again and begin their food search.



The egg stage is the beginning stage of the pink ladybug’s life cycle. Female pink ladybugs lay their eggs on the underside of leaves or stems of plants. They lay their eggs in clusters of 10 – 50. The eggs are yellow and oval-shaped, and they are about 1 mm in length. The eggs hatch after 3 – 7 days, depending on the temperature and humidity.


After the eggs hatch, the pink ladybug larvae emerge. The larvae are black and orange and have a long, segmented bodies. The larvae are voracious eaters and feed on aphids and other small insects. The larvae go through several moults as they grow, reaching a length of up to 6 mm. The larvae stage lasts for 2 – 3 weeks.


After the larvae stage, the pink ladybug enters the pupae stage. The pupae are yellow and oval-shaped. The pupae are immobile and attached to the underside of the leaves or stems of plants. The pupae stage lasts for 1 – 2 weeks.


After the pupae stage, the pink ladybug emerges as an adult. The adult pink ladybug is pink with black spots. The pink ladybug is a beneficial insect that feeds on aphids and other small insects. The adult pink ladybug can live for several months and lay hundreds of eggs during its lifetime.

Are Pink Ladybugs Poisonous?

Although pink ladybugs may look different from the typical red and black ladybugs, they are not poisonous. Ladybugs are beneficial insects that help control aphids and other garden pests.

Are Pink Ladybugs Rare?

Although pink ladybugs are not as common as the typical red and black ladybugs, they are not considered rare. Pink ladybugs are a subspecies of the common ladybug.

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