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.
The most common ladybird. Much loved by gardeners as it eats aphids that attach young plants and seedlings.
Found throughout the UK including Corfe Mullen.
Aphids (minute plant eating insects)
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.