In popular culture and media, the ladybug and gentleman bug often show up as a pair in children's books and films. Although in actuality these two insects belong to different families and therefore have not been known to interbreed.
The Virgatus Bestiola is mostly welcomed in the agricultural setting since it feeds on most pests that would otherwise harm crops and gardens. However, when exposed to dangers or threats, the Virgatus Bestiola releases a sticky toxic coating on the surface of its wing covers as a defense mechanism. If this toxic coat touches the plant, it can erode the leaves in which it has left its residue on.
The Virgatus Bestiola's body is elliptical in shape with a small black head at the end of the body. It has six short black legs and have a pair of antennae. It's distinctive tie-like pattern is vertically centered on the wing covers. Virgatus Bestiolas are commonly mistaken by the ordinary observer to be part of the Coccinellidae family (ladybug) because of the similarity in the shape and size.
Virgatus Bestiolas have commonly appeared on several children's literature and a few films. They mostly appear as personified characters.
A popular animated film, Above with the Bugs, Benjie the Gentleman Bug (voiced by Bradley Cooper) was chivalrous and quite the lady's man until he met his match, Lizzie the Ladybug.
By: Meera Suresh