Do ladybugs bite? The answer may surprise you.

Do ladybugs bite?

Public domain ladybug  image from www.public-domain-image.comTotally random, but many years ago on my way to summer camp in the Sierras, I was attacked by a swarm of ladybugs.

I know what you’re thinking? Ladybugs don’t bite. They’re so sweet. I love ladybugs.They wouldn’t hurt a fly.


Yada yada yada. Well you know what I say? Ladybugs suck!

So here’s the back story: It was a hot June or July many years ago. My grandma, aunt, cousin Bridget and I were all profusely sweating in grandma’s old AC-busted station wagon. Bridget and I were getting dropped off for a week at summer camp, somewhere high in the Sierra Mountains of California.

We stopped on the side of the road in a shady turnout to stretch our legs and have lunch.  We still had another hour or so of driving left and it was the hottest time of the day so even in the shade, we were barely cooling off.

After a few minutes outside, I started getting bit all over my body where the skin was accessible (I was wearing a tank top and shorts). The culprit? LADYBUGS! As I jumped up and started freaking out that I was going to be eaten alive by these damn things, Grandma said there was no way. She suggested mosquitoes were actually the ones to blame. But it wasn’t mosquitoes. There were ladybugs on me and they were biting. A lot.

Whatever year this was, there was nothing on the internet that suggested ladybugs bite, but over the years I continued to search. Occasionally, I would come across a forum where someone insisted they had been bitten by those little red and black-spotted bugs. I sympathized with these victims. For I too, were in their shoes with no one believing us.

Still to this day, I haven’t found it written in stone (or on a legitimate site) that ladybugs bite but I know it’s true. The more incidents I read about, the more I know I’m not alone.

Robinwithani question about lady bugs

Goal for the Green says yes, Asian Ladybugs bite.

Q&A: Do Ladybugs BITE? And How Can You Keep Them Out of the House? Gardens Alive says yes.

Yahoo! Answers: Can ladybugs bite? The best answer says yes.

Everything Ladybug! says they pinch.

I asked the question on Aardvark:

Aardvark question do lady bugs bite

Aardvark question do lady bugs bite

And I even asked on Quora, but didn’t get any answers.