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This article is about the red ladybug with black spots, for the black ladybug with red spots exclusive to Animal Crossing see Ladybug.

"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
Spotted ladybug
ナナホシテントウ Nanahoshitentou
LadybugNL
AF AF+ AC e+ WW CF NL
#18 #22 #33 #38 #42
Location Price
On flowers 200 Bells
Size Available in rain
8 mm Unknown
Time of year Time of day
March to June and August to October 8am to 5pm
Scientific name Coccinella septempunctata
Family Coccinellidae- Ladybugs
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Fairly Common (★★)
Regional names Flag of France small Coccinelle
Flag of Germany small Marienkäfer
Flag of Spain Mariquita
Flag of Italy small Coccinella
Flag of Portugal small Joaninha


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.

Donating to the Museum

As with all other fish and bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the ladybug can be donated to the museum by talking to Blathers the curator, who will also give information upon donation.

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 touching 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.

Encyclopedia Information

Wild World

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Spotted ladybug (Wild World) "They survive the cold winter by forming clusters, which look like small ornaments."
Size 8 mm
Time All day
Season Spring-summer
Icon Spotted ladybug (Wild World icon)


City Folk

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Spotted Ladybug (City Folk)
"Also called ladybirds or lady beetles, these help gardens by controlling pests."
Size About 8 mm
Time Morning-Dusk
Season Spring


New Leaf

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
LadybugNL
"I caught a ladybug! Or is this one a man?"
Size 6.7 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Spring


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Further Information

Ladybird

The seven-spot ladybug.

There 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.


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