What Is the Scientific Name for the Ladybug?

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.

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.