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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 08.4 April 1997

The Private Lives of British Ladybirds

By - Michael Majerus

Ladybirds are one of the most popular groups of insects. Their bright colours, and their beneficial habit of eating plant pests, such as aphids, have endeared them to people for centuries. Our own name for this group of beetles, 'the ladybirds', illustrates a religious connection, for they are named after Our Lady, the Virgin Mary. They are Her birds.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist