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The spotted ladybug (ナナホシテントウ, Nanahoshitentou?), also known as the seven-spotted ladybug or ladybug depending on the game, is a small, black and red bug that appears throughout spring and summer. They are abundant and worth 200 bells. They can also been seen in October. Ladybugs crawl on any sort of flower, appearing as a red spot on them (which makes it hard to find them on red flowers).
They will fly away if you approach them too fast, walk into, pick up or dig up the flower they are present on. Their buzzing when they fly is shared with smaller bugs such as the walking stick and cockroach.
Donation to the museum
In Animal Crossing
Blathers, the curator of the museum, says the following when it is handed to him for donation:
"Ladybugs are one insect I thought might appeal to me. Then I made the grievous error of tosisterlyng one. This vile fluid appeared from someplace and.. Oh, it was everywhere! Blech! Utterly appalling!"
The spotted ladybug can be found nestled amongst the flowers in the center of the bug room after donation.
In Wild World
When donated, this is what Blathers says:
"I've heard it said that ladybugs are "so cute!" Sadly, I must disagree. I touched one once, and this vile yellow fluid... Blech! I shan't discuss it... Hoo.. If that's "cute," then I weep for the world!"
After donation the ladybug appears in the museum's first bug room, on the left side, on the flowers between the palm trees.
In City Folk
The following information is what Blathers says to the player upon donation of the ladybug:
"Mad as it sounds, I find a lone ladybug quite fetching... But they tend to cluster in cold weather. If you were to flip over a rock in winter, you might see the underside crawling with them... Such vileness! Bleeeech! The very thought gives me the quivers!"
After donation, the ladybug can be found sitting on a flower on the lower terrace of the bug room.
In New Leaf
In New Leaf an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.
"Despite the name, not all ladybugs are 'ladies.' There are also male ladybugs. Though you'll see different ladybugs with different numbers of spots, they don't get more as they age. Ladybugs eat insects harmful to crops. A few species eat the leaves of crops, but most are beneficial. They're tough against the cold, but during winter they stay in groups under dry leaves for warmth."
After donation, the ladybug can be found sitting on the red flower on the right side in the first room of the bug exhibit.
In New Horizons
In New Horizons, upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):
"Yes. Yes. Ladybugs are quite beloved thanks to their tiny round shape and adorable spots. To that I say BAH! The fact of the matter is, some have stripes instead of spots. And SOME have no markings at all! No, I shall never understand why it is said that when a ladybug lands on you...you'll have good luck. I shall only have a fainting spell."
- "ナナホシテントウをつかまえた! ブ口―チみたいで 力ワイイ!" —Animal Forest
- "I caught a seven-spotted ladybug! It's red! And small! And so cute!!!" —Animal Crossing
- "I caught a ladybug! So lovely, so petite!" —Wild World
- "I caught a ladybug! S-so small! S-so cute!" —City Folk
- "I caught a ladybug! Or is this one a man?" —New Leaf
- "I caught a ladybug! Sorry to disturb you, ma'am." —New Horizons
| "They survive the cold winter by forming clusters, which look like small ornaments."|
Further InformationThere are roughly 5,000 species of ladybug, Coccinellidae, worldwide. Unknown to many, ladybugs are a type of beetle. The ladybug represented in the Animal Crossing series series is Coccinella septempunctata, the Seven-spot ladybug. It lives almost anywhere where there are aphids, its main prey, to eat. Ladybugs are considered by many to be beneficial to plants due to their eating habits- aphids themselves eat plants, so by introducing ladybugs, plants can be protected. The seven-spot itself was introduced to North America in this manner.
The yellow fluid that Blathers refers to is called reflex blood and has an unpleasant odor which keeps predators at bay if the warning colors do not suffice.
Ladybugs can lay several dozen eggs, which hatch after a period of three to four days. A number of infertile eggs are also released by ladybugs in order to provide food for their young - when food is scarce, the number of infertile eggs is much greater than the number of fertile ones.