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Family - Coccinellidae
Also known as - Ladybugs, Lady beetles
In the UK there are 46 species of Ladybirds from the scientific family Coccinellidae, of which there are seven in Brickfields Park. Generally an overal red colour with black spots, they can also be and overal yellow, brown, orange or white with black or dark spots, rarely the spots can merge. Occasionally there are colour reversals I.E. black with red spots, especially with the invasive Harlequin Ladybird which can mimic other Ladybird species. The generally larger Harlequin Ladybird - Harmonia axyridis threatens our native ladybirds and other species.
The generic "Ladybird" term is supposed to have been derived from a corruption of "Our Lady's Bird", Lady being The Virgin Mary, the Ladybirds red colouration representing the Virgin Marys cloak. Many local common names for the Ladybird refer to the Virgin Mary and God, rather strangely one Italian name is reputedly "Gallina del Diavolo" or "The Devils Chicken".A common children's rhyme is -
|Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home,|
Your house is on fire and your children are gone,
All except one, whose name is Anne,
Who hid herself under the frying pan.
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