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Ladybird behaviour

Observed: 21st September 2010 By: grant burleighgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Last September, I saw this 7-spot ladybird in process of enveloping (over two days) what appears to be a prey item. My knowledge of ladybird prey had hitherto been confined to aphids.
Image 1: 21/09/2010; Image 2: 22/09/2010;
Image 3: 11/08/2010

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Dinocampus coccinellae interacts

Comments

grant burleigh's picture

Dinocampus coccinellae by alcon_blue

Thank you. Very interesting surprise to me.

Martin Harvey's picture

wasp and beetle

I found one of these parasitised ladybirds in September, and the adult wasp hatched out shortly after - I've posted a couple of photos at:
http://ispot.org.uk/node/103470

As for the beetle in the third picture, it looks like one of the flea beetles in family Chrysomelidae.

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rimo's picture

It should be well worth

It should be well worth keping an eye out for plenty of Dinocampus coccoons next spring, as there were so many 7-spots about this summer - the two usually fluctuate together!

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