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Coccinella septempunctata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Coccinellidae
Genus: Coccinella
Species: C. septempunctata
Binomial name
Coccinella septempunctata
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Coccinella septempunctata, the seven-spot ladybird (or, in North America, seven-spotted ladybug or "C-7"[1]), is the most common ladybird in Europe. Its elytra are of a red colour, but punctuated with three black spots each, with one further spot being spread over the junction of the two, making a total of seven spots, from which the species derives both its common and scientific names (from the Latin septem = "seven" and punctata = "spotted").

A larva of C. septempunctata

C. septempunctata has a broad ecological range, living almost anywhere there are aphids for it to eat. Both the adults and the larvae are voracious predators of aphids, and because of this, C. septempunctata has been repeatedly introduced to North America as a biological control agent to reduce aphid numbers, and is now established in North America, and has been subsequently designated the official State insect of six different states (Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee).

In the United Kingdom, there are fears that the seven-spot ladybird is being out-competed for food by the harlequin ladybird.[2] Conversely, in North America, this species has outcompeted many native species, including other Coccinella.

Anatomy and physiology

An adult seven-spot ladybird may reach a body length between 0.76 and 1.0 cm (7.6 and 10.0 mm). Their distinctive spots and attractive colors are meant to make them unappealing to predators. The species can secrete a fluid from joints in their legs which gives them a foul taste. A threatened ladybug may both play dead and secrete the unappetizing substance to protect itself.[3]


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From Wikispecies

Coccinella septempunctata


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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Cladus: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Cladus: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Coleopterida
Ordo: Coleoptera
Subordo: Polyphaga
Infraordo: Cucujiformia
Superfamilia: Cucujoidea
Familia: Coccinellidae
Subfamilia: Coccinellinae
Tribus: Coccinellini
Genus: Coccinella
Subgenus: Coccinella (Coccinella)
Species: Coccinella septempunctata
Subspecies: C. s. brucki - C. s. septempunctata


Coccinella septempunctata Linnaeus, 1758


Vernacular names

Česky: Slunéčko sedmitečné
Deutsch: Siebenpunkt-Marienkäfer, Siebenpunkt
English: Seven-spot ladybird
한국어: 칠성무당벌레
עברית: מושית השבע
Lietuvių: Septyntaškė boružė
Magyar: Hétpettyes katicabogár
Nederlands: Zevenstippelig lieveheersbeestje
日本語: ナナホシテントウ(七星瓢虫)
Polski: Biedronka siedmiokropka
Русский: (Семиточечная) божья коровка
Slovenčina: Lienka sedembodková
Suomi: Seitsenpistepirkko
Svenska: Sjuprickig nyckelpiga
中文: 七星瓢蟲
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