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Seven-spotted ladybug

A species of Lady beetles, Also known as Sevenspotted ladybeetle, 7-spot ladybird, Seven-spotted ladybird beetle, Seven-spotted ladybird
Scientific name : Coccinella septempunctata Genus : Lady beetles

Seven-spotted ladybug, A species of Lady beetles
Also known as:
Sevenspotted ladybeetle, 7-spot ladybird, Seven-spotted ladybird beetle, Seven-spotted ladybird
Botanical name: Coccinella septempunctata
Genus: Lady beetles
Seven-spotted ladybug (Coccinella septempunctata) Photo By judygva , used under CC-BY-4.0 /Cropped and compressed from original

Description

Seven-spotted ladybug (Coccinella septempunctata), known in North America as the "seven-spotted ladybug," is the most common species of ladybird in Europe and the official state insect of five U.S. states. While not native to North America, it has established itself there after being introduced to control aphid populations. Its bright coloring deters predators, and it may also play dead or secrete foul-smelling liquids to discourage consumption.
Habitat
grassland; field; forest; park
Biting/stinging
Not reported
Allergy-causing
Not reported
Non-poisonous
Yes
The Seven-spotted ladybug is not toxic and does not usually pose a threat to human health. There is no need to be overly concerned.
Pollinator
Yes
The Seven-spotted ladybug is often found near the corolla, where the fluffy hairs are easily covered with pollen, which can help pollinate the plant.
Pest-Eating Predatory
Yes
The Seven-spotted ladybug preys on common garden pests such as: aphids, whiteflies, thrips, spider mites, etc. It is a popular insect among gardeners.
Predatory
Yes
The Seven-spotted ladybug usually feeds on other arthropods and does not have a direct impact on plants.

People often ask

Are Seven-spotted ladybug harmful?

Seven-spotted ladybug (Coccinella septempunctata), known in North America as the "seven-spotted ladybug," is the most common species of ladybird in Europe and the official state insect of five U.S. states. While not native to North America, it has established itself there after being introduced to control aphid populations. Its bright coloring deters predators, and it may also play dead or secrete foul-smelling liquids to discourage consumption.

Harmful to human

Harmful to human

Affecting the wine industry. The seven-spotted ladybug in the vineyard might be collected along with the ripened grapes and mixed in the winemaking process. As result, these seven-spotted ladybug will affect the flavor and quality of the wine.

General Info

Interesting Story

Many predators choose not to prey on seven-spotted ladybug. In the face of danger, it secretes an unpleasant yellow toxic liquid on the joints of each foot to repel predators. It is also adept at feigning death such that it will loosen its feet during the critical moment, fall off, and wait for the chance to escape after playing dead. In addition, its red appearance featured with black spots that seemed lovely to our eyes is a warning to predators.
Ladybug is usually referred to all Coccinellidae. Hence, not all ladybugs are necessarily beneficial insects. Other than natural predators, there are also some phytophagous pests. Interestingly, although they are both ladybugs, they are divided between beneficial insects and pests. They do not interfere or procreate with each other.

Species Status

It is native to Europe, Asian and North American. And now it is worldwide.

Distribution Area

Europe, Asia, Northern Africa

Appearance

The body is domed with black head and thorax and a pair of white spots each. The elytra are bright red or orange with seven black round spots. A pair of short antennae and three pairs of short feet are not always observed. The eggs are orange-yellow, spindle-shaped, stacked on the back of leaves, and each leaf has about 20-40 grains. Larvas and adults are very different in appearance. They are spindle-shaped carnose without wings. There are irregular orange-yellow spots and thorn warts on the back, and three pairs of feet are clearly visible.

AdultSize

5 - 10 mm

How to identify it?

Seven-spotted ladybug (Coccinella septempunctata) Seven-spotted ladybug (Coccinella septempunctata) Photo By judygva , used under CC-BY-4.0 /Cropped and compressed from original

Scientific Classification

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