I was cutting some romaine lettuce for a salad this evening and just missed slicing this stowed-away ladybird beetle in two. After just a minute or so, it started wiggling just the tarsus of its front left leg, then the whole leg, then the head started moving up and down. Before I knew it, the beetle was crawling clumsily over and through the folds of the lettuce. Once it found its way off my future salad, it seemed distinctly reluctant to go near it again. So I obliged and took it outside to the big show. Good luck, lucky ladybug.
It's actually not weird this beetle should be in such good condition. The recommended storage temperature and condition for commercially shipped ladybirds is 35-45 degrees F, preferably in an older, non-frost free refrigerator. The safe-food thermometer on the butter shelf in my fridge reads "43 degrees, Too Warm". And it is definitely an older, more experienced unit. Since it was quite warm in the house when I took the lettuce out (high 70s) it obviously didn't take long for the beetle to warm up enough to get moving.