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|Kanji in this term|
Compound of 並 (nami, “average, ordinary”) + 天道 (tentō, literally, “celestial path”, but here referring to 天道虫 (tentō mushi, “ladybird, ladybug”); the 瓢虫 spelling is an alternative for tentō mushi).
- As with many terms that name organisms, this term is often spelled in katakana, especially in biological contexts, as ナミテントウ.
- Sometimes called as simply 天道虫 (tentō mushi).