Ladybug Lounging on a Leaf

I finally finished this fun drawing by adding a leaf and foliage in the background. To make sure the ladybug stands out strongly as the focal point of the drawing, the background is light and considerably less detailed.

As I created this drawing I did a little research to find out more about ladybugs:

  • Despite the inference of their name, ladybugs are not bugs – they are beetles. Often considered a friend to gardeners, the ladybug loves to snack on such delicacies as aphids, mites, broccoli worms, and tomato hornworms.
  • Ladybugs have very few natural predators. Their bright colors warn most potential predators that a ladybug lunch could make them very sick – or dead! If a predator get too close, a ladybug warns them by releasing a foul smelling and tasting chemical from their joints.
  • Approximately 5,000 different species of ladybugs live on planet earth. Most of these species only live for a year; however, the Asian Lady Beetle has been known to live for 2 to 3 years.
  • Ladybugs come in many colors, such as: yellow, orange, black, grey, brown, and even pink. Some species have no spots and others have up to 24 spots. Several species have stripes instead of spots.
  • Unlike mosquitoes and fleas, ladybugs do not bite humans. However, if under stress they can pinch you with their tiny mandibles – an injury so slight that it’s barely noticeable.
  • Ladybugs are often imported from other countries to help with organic and biological pest control. They make their homes in many different types of vegetable and floral gardens, as well as in forests and fields.
  • Ladybugs rarely invade people’s homes. When they do take up residence in a house, they almost never chew walls, furniture, or fabrics. 


About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

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