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There are 24 species of true British Ladybird and the 7 spot is one of the most common. Ladybirds are part of the beetle family and have a good reputation because of their aphid eating qualities although not all of them are predatory. Their red colour is a warning to potential predators of their bitter taste. Ladybirds will also secrete and unpleasant, pungent substance when handled, which also contributes to their defenses. They spend the winter as dormant adults and usually come out in early spring and stay out until late autumn. There are other leaf beetles that may be confused with Ladybirds but the latter have much shorter antennae which is a good means of identification.