"The number of spots that a Ladybird has is simply a way of showing which branch of the family she belongs to."
"'The number of spots that a Ladybird has is simply a way of showing which branch of the family she belongs to. I, for example, as you can see for yourself am a Nine-Spotted Ladybird.'" - James and the Giant Peach
The Ladybird (or Ladybug, as she is known in North American editions of the book and in the 1996 film, where the character is voiced by actress Jane Leeves) appears in Roald Dahl's first famous children's story, James and the Giant Peach.
She is a great friend to James during his adventures aboard the Peach, and her kind personality causes James to call her his "greatest comfort since this trip began." She has nine spots upon her wings - and four hunderd children...
We are now about to visit the most marvellous places and see the most wonderful things!
Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach