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Ladybird Spotters
This part of the website is aimed at younger people and children. You will find out lots of interesting facts about ladybirds, and activities you can do to learn more about them.

Lots about ladybirds

Many people do not realise that we have so many different ladybirds living in Britain: 46 species. Not all of them are brightly coloured and spotty; some are really quite dull looking and are not recognisable as ladybirds. There are 27 species from the ladybird family (scientifically called the Coccinellidae) that actually look like ladybirds and here are some fun facts about them.

Why are ladybirds so-called?

The most common species of ladybird in Britain is the seven-spot ladybird. This bright red ladybird has seven spots and is thought to have inspired the name ladybird: "Lady" referring to the Virgin Mary (Our lady) who in early paintings is seen wearing a red cloak; the seven spots are symbolic of the seven joys and seven sorrows of Mary.

Scanning Electron Micrograph image of ladybird pronotum © the Natural History Museum, London

Any other questions?

If you have any questions you would like to ask the Ladybird Survey Team then please e-mail us:

Why not have a go at the Spotted Game, on the Nature Detectives website? It's great fun!

You can have a go at designing your very own ladybird. Just print out this simple ladybird shape (PDF format), and let your imagination do the rest!

Why not use your mobile phone to have fun sending in photos of ladybirds. A guide to taking a photograph, wall chart, ladybird species guide and ladybird cupcake recipe can be downloaded from



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