Known throughout the world by many different names, such as ladybirds (UK, Ireland, Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, India, Malta, some parts of Canada and the US), or ladybugs (North America); this species (Coccinellidae) is found in the family of beetles.
A few species of ladybugs are considered pests in North America and Europe, but are generally considered useful insects; as many species feed on aphids, scale insects, mealybugs, and mites. As such, the ladybug can provide natural pest control services for gardens, agricultural fields, orchards, and similar places.
In the United States, ladybugs usually begin to appear indoors in the fall. They leave their summer feeding sites in fields, forests and yards looking for a place to spend the winter. Swarms of ladybugs fly to buildings in September through November depending on location and weather conditions. Also, homes or buildings near fields or woods are more prone to infestation.
When threatened, ladybugs are known to spray a toxin, that is venomous to certain mammals; and other insects.
A common myth is that the number of spots on the insect’s back indicates its age.