Ladybirds are found worldwide and like to live in fields, meadows, parks, woods and gardens.
Their size ranges from about 3mm - 10mm.
They have black heads, legs and feelers and can have yellow or orange or red or black backs with black or red or yellow spots.
The 2 spot ladybird can have a black back and can have 2 or 4 or even 6 red spots.
The 7 spot ladybird is the most common.
There are 10 spot and 11 spot ladybirds.
The 14 spot ladybirds have yellow or black backs with black or yellow spots.
The 16 spot ladybirds like to eat mildew.
The 22 spot ladybirds are tiny and like to eat mildew and other microscopic fungi.
It is difficult to tell make and female ladybirds apart.
Ladybirds lay their eggs near aphids, or other plentiful sources of food, to provide a good meal for the larvae. Extra infertile eggs are laid to provide extra food.
Ladybirds hibernate. Sometimes they hibernate in groups, clustered together. They like to hibernate in sheds or buildings, under tree bark, amongst dense vegetation or inside hollow stems.
During a harsh winter 90% of hibernating ladybirds will die, whilst during a mild winter 90% will survive.
Ladybirds are bred and some organic farmers will buy them and put them on their crops to protect them from the aphids.
For hundreds of years, ladybirds have been regarded as lucky.
Some people think that if a ladybirds lands on you then the wish you make will come true.
Some people used to chew ladybirds as they thought the yellow poison was a good painkiller for toothache.