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  • ladybird = ladybirds, ladybug, lady beetle, Coccinellidae, beetle, insect = There are about 4,500 different species of ladybird worldwide, of which about 46 are resident in Britain as of 2007. (The recent arrival of the harlequin ladybird, aka Harmonia axyridis, has the potential to jeopardise many of these.) The name originated in the Middle Ages, when the beetle was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and called the "beetle of Our Lady." Ladybirds are commonly red with black spots, though the reverse, and yellows and more complex patterns, are also possible. A ladybird is approximately an (elongated) hemisphere in shape, typically 8--10mm (~0.3in) lengthwise. Ladybirds prey on aphids and other garden pests.


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