Ladybirds, also referred to as ladybugs, typically have up to 13 spots, depending on the species. The most common ladybird has seven spots and a bright red shell.
The Adalia bipunctata has two spots and the Coccinella novemnotata has nine spots. There are also ladybirds with no spots at all. There are over 46 species of ladybirds. A ladybird's brightly colored shell serves as a warning to hungry predators to stay away. In religious studies, the ladybird is believed to be named after the Virgin Mary, who dons a red cloak in early paintings. The seven spots are believed to represent Mary's seven sorrows and seven joys.