Coccinella septempunctata

More commonly known as Seven-Spot Ladybug.

In the USA, the name ladybird was popularly americanized to ladybug, although these insects are beetles (Coleoptera), not bugs (Hemiptera).[1]

The name coccinellids is derived from the Latin word coccineus meaning “scarlet”.[2]

The name “ladybird” originated in Britain where the insects became known as “Our Lady’s bird” or the Lady beetle.[3][4] Mary (Our Lady) was often depicted wearing a red cloak in early paintings, and the spots of the seven-spot ladybird (the most common in Europe) were said to symbolise her seven joys and seven sorrows.[3]

1. Howard, J. Frank and Mizell, Russell F. III (November 2000). “Featured Creatures: ladybugs – Insecta: Coleoptera: Coccinellidae” University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Department.
2. Brown, L., ed. (2007). The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. 1 (6 ed.). p. 441.
3. Anonymous. “Why are ladybirds so-called?”. UK Ladybird survey. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
4. Samaha, John M. “Marian Roots of the Name”. Our Lady’s Bug. Dayton, Ohio: International Marian Research Institute. Retrieved 15 October 2010.


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