Approximately 6mms long
Found throughout the U.K.
March to October
It is very difficult to tell the males from the females… unless of course you're another ladybird.
In various parts of Britain they have been given other names; in Lancashire they are known as ‘God’s Horses', in Wales they call them the ‘Red Cows of God’, in Lincolnshire they are known as' Lambladies', in Yorkshire they are often called ‘Dowdy Cows’ and in Norfolk they're known as Bishy-Barny-Bees.
In the past people used to eat ladybirds to cure toothache! They believed that the oily yellow fluid in their bodies was a good pain killer!