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7-spot ladybird

Observed: 19th April 2009 By: Jonathan
iSpot team
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7-spot ladybird
Description:
Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which 7-spot ladybird (Coccinella septem-punctata) interacts

Comments

Martin Harvey's picture

Very probably

I suppose it is just possible that this is Scarce Seven-spot Ladybird, which is very similar to the normal Seven-spot Ladybird but has additional white markings on the underside. However, the Scarce species is strongly associated with nests of Wood Ants (Formica spp.) and rarely seen far away from them, so is much less likely to be in the Hillier gardens.

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Entomologist and biological recorder

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Interesting. I will start

Interesting. I will start turning over 7-spot ladybirds!

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

Martin Harvey's picture

turning over a new ladybird

Not only do you have to turn them over, you need to persuade them to move their legs as well! The white spots are hidden under the femora of the middle and hind pairs of legs, normal Seven-spot only has white spots under the middle pair, Scarce under both pairs.

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Entomologist and biological recorder