On Saturday last the banksman of the Coneybury pit, while unloading a draught of coal, came to a piece, to which was attached to a piece of brass about two inches thick. Whilst the coal is in the draught it is usual to separate the brass. In doing so, in a small matrix, was discovered one of those insects known as “lady cows.” On removing the insect from its cell, there appeared not the slightest indication of life: but after a while, signs of animation became evident. The insect was carefully wrapped up in paper, but eventually it was lost.
Note: 'Saturday last' would have been the 25th September.
"Lady cow" is just one of several English names for a ladybird, ladybug, lady beetle, lady clock, or lady fly.