Thursday, 29 September 2011

Red ladybird (Coccinellidae) - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Did you know that a ladybird (or ladybug in US) is in fact not a true bug? It is from the family of beetles, Coccinellidae and scientists prefer to call them ladybird beetle or lady beetle.

A common myth is that the number of spots on the insect's back indicates its age. Many cultures also believe that the sighting of a ladybug indicates that good luck is coming their way.

Here's a popular children's nursery rhyme, Ladybird, Ladybird:
                                      Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home
                                      Your house is on fire and your children are gone
                                      All except one, and that's Little Anne
                                      For she has crept under the warming pan.

I personally like ladybirds cos I find them very cute


  1. wow.. nice.. it has been a long time i never seen ladybird.. ^^,

  2. Faaein: Thanks for the follow. Yeah ladybirds are quite rare around here too, and they're so little. I had to look very hard to find this one.

  3. Kelvin: Beetle is a bug but not a true bug. I had to reread it a few times on Wiki to understand it, but basically true bugs are from the Hemiptera order.


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