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Seven-spot ladybird

Coccinella septempunctata

Up to 8 millimetres long, the seven-spot ladybird is one of the most popular and best-known insects. Its head and thorax are black with four white spots. It has red-orange wing cases with seven black spots. It has an oval body and short antennae.

The ladybird lives in gardens, parks, fields and grasslands in Europe, northern Asia and India.

The ladybird walks fast and flies well. When disturbed, it pulls in its legs, stays still and emits a foul-smelling secretion. It lays 100 to 400 eggs on plant leaves. During the winter it hibernates, sometimes in groups. It eats plant lice. One larva can consume up to 400 plant lice.

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