These insects enjoy aphids, but there are other things they may like. This guide is about feeding and caring for pet ladybugs.
By Mary L. G. 1
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!
By Pam 1
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
June 15, 2011
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!
What do they eat besides bugs? What fruits can they eat?
April 14, 2015
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.
By Nature_lover11 from Las Vegas, NV
May 8, 2009
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.
I really want to give Bonnie my ladybug homemade food, but I don't know what to make.
August 28, 2015
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.
What should I feed my pet ladybug?
By Savannah from USA, CT
If you don't have aphids, what can they eat?
By Hannah from Watertown, NY
What can lady bugs eat and drink other than aphids, what do you put the food in?
By Cookies1456 from Sumrall, MS
What do ladybugs need to live? What do they eat? How much water do they drink?
By Makala C.
What do ladybugs eat and drink besides aphids?
How do you make the honey water for ladybugs? Is there a recipe for it?
By Brook P.
I would really like to know how to make pet ladybugs food with either honey or raisins. Would you please tell me how to?
By Hailey H. from Gilbert SC