How bugs avoid becoming lunch
So when they see these brightly colored insects, they let them be. Monarch butterflies, multicolored grasshoppers, and red-and-black ladybugs are all poisonous or taste bad to things that might be tempted to eat them. The bright colors are a warning.
Redder ladybirds more deadly, say scientists
A ladybug's colour indicates how well-fed and how toxic it is, according to an international team of scientists. Research led by the Universities of Exeter and Liverpool directly shows that differences between animals' warning signals reveal how poisonous ...
8 of the cutest toxic caterpillars
Caterpillars inhabit the world of charming creepy-crawlies, like ladybugs and fireflies — the kind of insects ... Their markings and body parts can make them seem larger in size or even poisonous. In fact, some of them are poisonous, both to consume ...
Ladybug! Ladybug! Fly away home
A ladybug’s bright colors are a common warning to predators to be wary. Similar to many poisonous species – notably mushrooms, fish, and a variety of plants – the ladybug’s vibrant coloration signals its toxicity to would-be predators. Ladybugs ...
Ladybugs 'escaping inside' to survive the cold
Ladybugs are not poisonous to humans. However, they can have toxic effects on some animals. Ladybugs have a foul odor, which deters some predators from eating them. Their bright colors also help as a deterrent. In nature, red and orange, are warning colors ...