Lady Beetles (Ladybird Beetles; Ladybugs)
There are many species in this family of beetles. In general, they are brightly colored, often shiny, typically red, orange, or yellow, and usually spotted, often with black. Several are mostly black. Their bodies are hemispherical, circular or oval and dome-shaped, and flat underneath. The antennae are short. The head can tuck (entirely or in part) beneath the pronotum (the shoulderlike or necklike part between the head and the shell-like forewings, or the elytra). The pronotum can be patterned to look something like a head.
The larvae are long, segmented, soft-bodied, and rather lizard-like, with six legs; they are often camouflaged with patterns in gray, tan, black, and brown, and often have small bristles.