They’re not birds, and approximately half aren’t ladies. But ladybirds very much ARE beetles, and that alone is reason to celebrate them. Even if they do puke from their knee-joints.

However, not everyone coos over these perfect shiny wonders. SOME PEOPLE (*cough* Dave *cough*) seem to think they’re inhofes, especially the foreign ones coming over ‘ere ruining aphid-munching for our natives species.

So we delve into the mysterious world of Coccinellidae, from STDs to tooth powder, all in the name of helping Dave answer the entirely unnecessary question: Ladybirds – are they good or not?

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