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Help & Reference : Learn About Nature : Reference Guide : Insects & Spiders : Seven-Spot Ladybird

Seven-Spot Ladybird

Common name: Seven-spot Ladybird

Also known as: Ladybird or Seven-spotted beetle
Scientific name: Coccinella septempunctata
Size: 5-8mm in length
Colour: Bright red with three black spots on each wing case and one black spot in the middle near the head. Black head and legs. The larvae are grey/blue and yellow striped.

Description

The most common ladybird. Much loved by gardeners as it eats aphids that attach young plants and seedlings.

Distribution

Found throughout the UK including Corfe Mullen.

Diet

Aphids (minute plant eating insects)

Habitat

They live anywhere that they can find aphids. Gardens (especially vegetable plots), fields, orchards and hedgerows.

Did you know

Ladybirds hibernate over winter in great numbers, clustered together for warmth.

 

 

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Seven-spot Ladybird Lavae

Extra Information

Buglife

Amateur Entomologists'
Society (AES)

 

 
 
 
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