A bodybuilder has revealed how he was given a 30 per cent chance of surviving after being bitten by a ladybird in Stoke-on-Trent.
Reza Rezamand, 31, was bitten by three of the bugs while going to the gym.
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After feeling unwell he drove to A&E where he was kept in overnight with sepsis.
The Sun reports that he was given 16 powerful antibiotics but his feet swelled to almost twice their size.
The father-of-one who recovered said: ""I was very lucky. I'll never touch a ladybird in my life again.
"The doctors said I had a one in three chance of dying so I'm relieved to be here."
It comes after reports of the larger than normal ladybirds believed to be carrying a dangerous sexually-transmitted infection invading UK homes.
One mum told of how her Essex home was covered in the giant Harlequin ladybirds.
Lisa Rump, 37, from Harlow, said: "I'd just pulled up on the driveway and my house was covered in hundreds of them.
"Now it's worse. There's swarms of them flying around and covering the windows and walls."