seven-spotted lady beetle

(Coccinella septempunctata)

Conservation Status
seven-spotted lady beetle
Photo by Alfredo Colon
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Seven-spotted lady beetle is a ¼ to 5 16 long ladybird beetle.

The body is oval and dome-shaped.

The head and thorax plate (pronotum) is black with a white or pale spot on each side of the head.

The thick, hardened, shell-like forewings (elytra) are orange or red with 7 black spots. The spots are in a 1–4–2 pattern. The forward spot is spread over the junction of the two elytra. There is a white spot at the base of each side of the forward spot.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length: ¼ to 5 16

 
     
 

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Habitat
 
 

Meadows, fields, gardens, houses. Any place having plants with aphids.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Early spring to fall

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

Adults live for weeks or months, depending on availability of food. There may be 1 or 2 generations in a year before adults enter hibernation for overwintering.

 
     
 

Larva Food

 
 

Aphids

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Aphids, thrips, mites, scale insects, and eggs of butterflies and moths.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 24, 27, 29, 30.

 
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Occurrence

 
 

Native to Europe. Introduced for aphid control. Escaped and naturalized.

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Coleoptera (beetles)  
 

Suborder

Polyphaga (water, rove, scarab, longhorn, leaf and snout beetles)  
 

Infraorder

Cucujiformia  
 

Superfamily

Cucujoidea  
 

Family

Coccinellidae (ladybird beetles)  
 

Subfamily

Coccinellinae  
 

Tribe

Coccinellini  
 

Genus

Coccinella  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

seven-spotted lady beetle

sevenspotted lady beetle

 
       
 

The term lady beetle is more appropriate than ladybug because the word “bug” refers to insects in the order Hemiptera.

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Elytra

The hardened or leathery forewings on an insect used to protect the fragile hindwings, which are used for flying, in beetles and true bugs.

 

Pronotum

The saddle-shaped, exoskeletal plate on the upper side of the first segment of the thorax of an insect.

       
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  Seven-spot Ladybird or Seven-spotted Ladybug (Coccinella septempunctata) / Siebenpunkt-Marienkäfer
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Seven-spot Ladybird or Seven-spotted Ladybug (Coccinella septempunctata) - Macro / Siebenpunkt-Marienkäfer - Makro

In this clip I used the Raynox DCR-250 (8-diopter) macro conversion lens which comes with UAC2000 universal adapter. For the Canon Legria HF200 you need the RA5237A adapter ring.

   
       
  Larva of Seven-spot Ladybird or Seven-spotted Ladybug (Coccinella septempunctata) - Macro
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Larva of Seven-spot Ladybird or Seven-spotted Ladybug (Coccinella septempunctata) - Macro / Larve des Siebenpunkt-Marienkäfe - Makro

In this clip I used the Raynox DCR-250 (8-diopter) macro conversion lens which comes with UAC2000 universal adapter. For the Canon Legria HF200 you need the RA5237A adapter ring.

   
       
  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle (Coccinella septempunctata)
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Published on Jun 6, 2013

This Seven-spotted Lady Beetle (Coccinella septempunctata) pauses to groom itself before continuing its lichen-paved trek. According to Eaton and Kaufman, this introduced species (the C-7) "has been spreading since its accidental introduction to Bergen County, New Jersey, in 1973." It's well-established in Minnesota and North Dakota now. Photographed at Fisher, Minnesota (06 June 2013).

   
       

 

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