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Coccinella 7-punctata ~ Seven-spot Ladybird

Seven-spot Ladybird

Seven-spot Ladybird

7-spot Ladybird

Coccinella septempunctata
, the Seven-spot Ladybird , is the most common ladybird in Europe. 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.

C. septempunctata has a broad ecological range, living almost anywhere there are aphids for it to eat. Both the adults and the larvae are voracious predators of aphids.

In the United Kingdom, there are fears that the seven-spot ladybird is being out-competed for food by the Harlequin Ladybird.

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