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The ladybird was drawn by Maria Sibylla Merian, who was a German artist. It was very rare for women to be artists during her time (1647–1717), but she was able to travel and made many brilliant drawings of flowers and insects. Ladybirds, also known as ladybugs and lady beetles, come in many different colours and patterns. Most ladybirds have small, oval bodies with six short legs – can you count them here? And how many spots can you see? Three? Some ladybirds have fewer spots, but red and orange Seven Spot Ladybirds are the most common!