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.
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
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.
If you have any questions you would
like to ask the Ladybird Survey Team then please
e-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Woolworths.co.uk