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Here are 10 cool facts about ladybirds
1. Ladybirds aren't really bugs at all, they're beetles!
2. In France, one common name is “la bete a bon Dieu” which roughly translates as “God’s animal”.In Russia, a popular name is “Bozhya korovka” which translates as “God’s little cow”, no doubt referring to the beetles’ spots which are not unlike the kind you’d find on certain cows. In fact, one of the alternate early names for the beetle, before “ladybug” or “ladybird” in English was “ladycow”.
3. Even in cases where the ladybird isn’t explicitly linked with God, it was historically considered by many to be a good luck charm or good omen due to it generally being considered a helpful insect. For this reason, it was less-commonly known as the “golden-bug” in some parts of England.
4. Ladybirds bleed from their knees when threatened.
5. Over its lifetime, a ladybird may consume as many as 5,000 aphids.
6. Ladybird larvae resemble tiny alligators, with elongated bodies and bumpy skin.
7. Scientists believe ladybirds may lay both fertile and infertile eggs.
8. Ladybird adults hibernate, usually gathering in large aggregations in protected places.
9. Ladybirds practice cannibalism.
10. You can't tell a ladybird's age by counting its spots.
Sources - http://insects.about.com/od/beetles/a/10-facts-ladybugs.htm