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What is the scientific name for the ladybug?

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The ladybug's scientific name is Coccinella septempunctata. According to the University of Florida's department of Entomology & Nematology, the name is a shortened derivative of the European term "ladybird" that has been used to describe the insect for centuries.

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Both adults and their larvae feed on garden pests such as mealybugs, scale insects and aphids. Ladybugs of certain species are raised in a commercial environment and sold to gardeners and farmers, while other species of ladybug, like the Mexican bean beetle, are considered to be pests.

The ladybug has leather-like wings that they use to protectively cover their bodies. These wings cover a set of wings beneath and only pop open when the bug flies. They automatically close when the ladybug lands.

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