Seven-spotted lady beetle
Coccinella septempunctata* / Coleoptera ("sheath-wing")
This beetle is sometimes called a "C-7". These beetles were introduced from Europe to try to control aphids. In some countries, Ladybugs are called "ladybirds". Ladybugs are brightly colored due to the fact that they are poisonous. They are not harmful because they can't sting or bite, but they give off a foul-tasting yellow secretion. I found out the hard way how they taste when one got in a nearly empty cup of coffee I was drinking! When I took that last gulp, I felt something in my mouth and then I tasted an incredibly bitter taste. It was awful! No wonder birds won't eat them!