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Seven Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata)


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This ladybird is very common across Britain. Its elytra are of a red colour, but punctuated with three black spots each, with one further spot being spread over the junction of the two, making a total of seven spots. Ladybirds are perhaps the most well-known of all British beetles. Both the Adult ladybird and the larvae eat aphids. An adult seven-spot ladybird may reach a body length of 7.6�10.0 mm (0.3�0.4 in). Their distinctive spots and attractive colours are meant to make them unappealing to predators. The larvae are greyish with yellow/orange spots and the pupa and orange colour with black spots. They can be found in a wide range of habitats. Adults overwinter, either singly or in small groups, sometimes along with other species, under bark or among moss and grass. The species can secrete a fluid from joints in their legs which gives them a foul taste. Picture taken 1st October 2011 at Felmersham, Bedfordshire.

8th Oct 2011 by Diane Earl

Biology, Environmental Science

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

Geocode: Felmersham Bedfordshire

beetle insect invertebrate

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