seven-spotted lady beetle

(Coccinella septempunctata)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

seven-spotted lady beetle

NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

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

Flight/Season

Early spring to fall

Habitat

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

Size

Total Length: ¼ to 5 16

 

Identification

This 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.

 
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Larval Food

Aphids

 
Adult Food

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

 
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.

 
Behavior

 


Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 7, 24, 27, 29, 30.


Comments

What’s in a Name?
The term lady beetle is more appropriate than ladybug because the word “bug” refers to insects in the order Hemiptera.


Taxonomy

Order:

Coleoptera (beetles)

 

Suborder:

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

 

Infraorder:

Cucujiformia

 

Superfamily:

Cucujoidea

 

Family:

Coccinellidae (ladybird beetles)

 

Subfamily:

Coccinellinae

 

No Rank:

Coccinellini

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

seven-spotted lady beetle

sevenspotted lady beetle


 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

elytra

The hardened 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-spotted Lady Beetle (Coccinella septempunctata)
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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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