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Ladybirds are unlikely to bite you, although they can give you a gentle pinch if they accidentally mistake you for a greenfly.

If you pick up a Ladybird, it might release a yellow fluid that is pungent and slightly caustic.  This is actually blood which comes out of its body at the joints on its legs.  It has a very bad taste and once a bird has sampled this it will be unlikely to eat another ladybird.

Ladybirds don't sting.  Their bright colours are a warning to other animals that they taste bad.  In fact they have very few natural enemies.

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