The ladybird life cycle

The diagram below illustrates the life of a ladybird.

Lifecycle diagram
  • October- February: Adult ladybirds spend winter in a dormant state, known as 'overwintering'.
  • March- April: Adult ladybirds become active and leave their overwintering sites to find food, aphids (greenfly).
  • May: Male and female ladybirds mate.
  • June- July: Mated females lay eggs which hatch into immature stages called 'larvae'. Larvae feed on aphids and then form 'pupae'.
  • August: The new generation of adult ladybirds emerge from the pupae.
  • September: These new adults feed but do not mate until next spring after they have overwintered.