Every now and again I like to share photos that family and friends have sent me. I have a whole pile of them which I am slowly going through and organizing into folders, so it takes me a while to get them on here. However, today I received this one from my in-laws. Celia took this photo. You can find out all about ladybirds at a question and answer site right here.
This one looks like a Coccinella septempunctata, a seven-spotted lady beetle, and is a medium-sized orange beetle with seven black spots. It is a European species that was introduced into the US to aid managing some aphid pests. Again I am no expert so if any of you more knowledgeable bug people out there think I have incorrectly identified it, then please let me know and I will amend accordingly.
There is also an environmental article on orange ladybugs if you click here.