Whatever you call them, I am happy to see these little creatures in my garden.
Ladybird on flowering cilantro plant.
According to Wikipedia, the right species are good for the garden as they will eat aphids or scale insects. These look like the right kind to me! Kieran is always happy to see them and will tell me "Look! A ladybug!".
And yes, I have sung him the nursery rhyme
Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home
Your house is on fire and your children are gone
All except one, and that's Little Anne
For she has crept under the warming pan.
To be completely honest, getting to sing it repeatedly is the main reason I am happy to see the ladybirds!