Coccinella Septempunctata. The lady bug. Beneficial garden inhabitant (eats aphids). Over 450 species found in North America. Not all are red & black - some are orange and yellow. Associated with traditions: if a ladybug lands on you, your wish will be granted; if a ladybug crawls across a girl's hand, she will marry within the year.
My friend Cindy is planning to make ladybug cupcakes for her daughter's birthday. Here are some ideas.