Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
( Coccinella septempunctata )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Coccinella septempunctata
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Name:Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
Life Stage:A

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Coleoptera
Suborder:Polyphaga
Family:Coccinellidae
Subfamily:Coccinellinae
Genus:Cocinella
Taxon Code:COL00562
ITIS TSN#:114347

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
ECI Site#:CAEB010108

RECOGNITION
This lady beetle is as convex as C. californica. However, it has only 3 spots on each elytron with 1 additional spot at the base of each elytron which, together, form 1 large spot. The pronotum has 1 large white spot on either side. The head has 1 white spot on either side of the head.
Body Length
6.5-7.8 mm.
Colors
Elytra are all red. Pronotum is all black, except for black spots on the elytra. Underside, legs and antennae are all black.

BIOLOGY
Importance
As both adult and larva, this beetle is such an effective predator of aphids that it has been designated the State Insect in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. It was introduced repeatedly into the US from Europe to control aphids from 1956 to 1971. All attempts failed until, in 1973, an established population was found in New Jersey which spread naturally throughout North America.
Range
Throughout NA and most of the Old World.
Distribution
Throughout North America and most of the Old World.

HABITAT

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar

REFERENCES
  • Species Coccinella septempunctata - Seven-spotted Lady Beetle. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/3543). Accessed March 12, 2016. [ IMAGES ]
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#114347


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