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Feeding and Caring for Pet Ladybugs

These insects enjoy aphids, but there are other things they may like. This guide is about feeding and caring for pet ladybugs.

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Feeding and Caring for Pet Ladybugs
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January 29, 2009 Flag
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I am a science coach with our school district and our first graders are going to be raising and caring for ladybugs in the classroom. We need to know what to feed them other than aphids? Hopefully we can find a food that is "classroom friendly". Can you help?

Pam from Midland, TX

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January 29, 20090 found this helpful
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I did a little research, and the adults do eat aphids, and what I found suggests you keep adults in captivity no more than several days, (they suggest feeding honey water), since their nutrition will not be adequate. If you are purchasing from a supplier that regularly supplies schools, they may be able to offer a more complete diet. Good Luck.

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February 1, 20090 found this helpful
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Here is a website for keeping pet ladybugs and their diet which raisins and bananas and other sweet non acidic fruits are recommended with a moistened paper towel kept sprayed with water for them to drink.

Here is the website I found: http://www.ladybuglady.com/LadybugsFAQ.htm

Sounds like fun! ( I keep crickets). :)

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January 29, 20090 found this helpful

You'll need to do your research; but I believe they can eat jam/jelly. I don't think the adults eat aphids, I believe it is the immature ladybugs, although the adults are drawn in by the honeydew the aphids produce and....well, nature takes its course.....and the larval ladybugs clean up the aphids. If you are ordering the ladybugs from a supplier, they ought to be able to help you with feeding, etc.

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June 15, 20110 found this helpful

Raisons or honey to eat. Put some water on a coton ball or tissue paper to drink. Put them in a small container or jar and put some soil at the botom with grass over it (this is optional). Change the food every 2 days and the water every week. Hope that helps! Good luck!

Animalover09

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April 30, 2009 Flag
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What do ladybugs eat?

By Nature_lover11 from Las Vegas, NV

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October 15, 20070 found this helpful
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They love the aphids that eat up your plants!

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Mine eat blueberries and green leaves.

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April 30, 20090 found this helpful

Lady bugs eat aphids, that's why they are good for your garden.

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May 8, 20090 found this helpful

The ladybug is different than the chinese beetle which looks very similar, a slight more orange to the LB. The CB bites and stinks when you pick it up, crush it, etc. I try to capture both in the vacuum and move them outdoors to the gardens. The CB was brought to the US for aiding in the crops infestation from other pests from other countries. Their eggs sit on freight to be sent, hatch out when they get here.

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December 17, 2015 Flag
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I put out any fruit that has a high sugar content and is soft-fleshed to eat. I also figured that a fruit with a high water content is also a good choice when considering appropriate fruits to feed a ladybug, as opposed to putting water out for it to possibly drown in. If you choose a fruit with a high water content, it takes care of both hunger and thirst.
A fruit that I'm currently trying is persimmon (peeled and very ripe). I left little segments out for the ladybug and it's going crazy for it!

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    April 5, 2015 Flag
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    What do they eat besides bugs? What fruits can they eat?

    By Luna

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    April 9, 20150 found this helpful

    Ladybugs are very hardy little creatures, they can eat any food really, or at least mine do. I feed mine mostly globs of honey, raisins soaked in water for a few minutes, lettuce, and wilting broccoli. :)

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    April 14, 20150 found this helpful

    I have a lady bug right now, and I know that ladybugs can eat grapes but you have to peel the skin so they can eat it because they also eat raisins. My ladybug Stewart also has a few drops of water and some soil and grass.

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    August 27, 2015 Flag
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    I really want to give, Bonnie, my ladybug homemade food, but I don't know what to make.

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      August 28, 20150 found this helpful

      A Ladybug Friend!

      The very helpful website below explains how to care for a ladybug for a little while. Ladybugs are not able to live very long in a cage as they need food nutrients and an environment that you cannot provide in a cage. Please care for your ladybug for a day or two and then release her near where you found her! Later, you may see her in a few days on a leaf or the bark of a tree and you will know that you took the best care of her when she was visiting you.

      http://www.wikihow.com/Take-Care-of-Your-Own-Ladybug

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      March 10, 2015 Flag
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      What should I feed my pet ladybug?

      By Savannah from USA, CT

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      August 27, 20150 found this helpful

      My ladybug bonnie loves too eat raspberries and grapes but you have too peel them first

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      November 25, 2014 Flag
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      If you don't have aphids, what can they eat?

      By Hannah from Watertown, NY

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      November 26, 20140 found this helpful

      Checked wikihow for answer and how to keep ladybugs. I suggest releasing your ladybug in a day or two as they are difficult to keep alive for an extended period inside.

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      December 3, 2013 Flag
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      What can lady bugs eat and drink other than aphids, what do you put the food in?

      By Cookies1456 from Sumrall, MS

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      November 19, 20140 found this helpful

      Ladybugs can also eat raisins, honey, or lettuce. Put it on a paper towel or something that is easy for them to reach.

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      September 15, 2013 Flag
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      What do ladybugs need to live? What do they eat? How much water do they drink?

      By Makala C.

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      August 27, 20150 found this helpful

      Just wet a little paper towel or something and give it too your ladybug.

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      October 19, 2012 Flag
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      What do ladybugs eat and drink besides aphids?

      By Christian

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      January 8, 20140 found this helpful

      Raisins or honey/sugar. Also give them water.

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