I thought lady bugs had perfect dots, but i recently came across this one that had a really interesting pattern on its 'back'. i wonder what it is - a lady bug? or something else?
May 23rd 2010 update: From a member of the Madras Naturalists Society:
You're right, this is a lady beetle....it's called a Transverse lady beetle (Coccinella transversalis). From my experience, I believe this is the most common species in Chennai, even though it is actually native to Australia. Anyway, most of the lady beetle species do NOT have perfect spots- that misconception arose from the popularisation (if that is even a word) of the common British and American Coccinellids through artwork, etc