.....or Lady Beetles (or for the Americans, Ladybugs)
I was happy to find a species of Ladybird a couple of day ago that I haven't seen before. It's not uncommon or anything, it's just that I don't seem to get them at my place. In fact the only reason I found this one is because it was on a lettuce that I bought at the shops. It was said to be locally grown so I will assume that at least places it's origin within the confines of Tasmania.
Speaking of ladybirds you may have seen the Ladybird segment on ABC's Catalyst this week. If not you can always watch it online by clicking here. The show reported on the Ladybirds of Australia website. This is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in these fascinating little beetles with photographs of hundreds of Australian species as well as a wealth of information.
There is also a "Ladybirds of Australia" book. Coincidentally, I placed an order for this book last week before becoming aware of the web site.