Seven-Spotted Lady Beetle

Coccinella septempunctata

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Seven-spotted lady beetle on a flower
The seven-spotted lady beetle (Coccinella septempunctata) is a stereotypical lady beetle: it is reddish with black spots, has a shiny, round, domed body, a flat underside, and tiny antennae.
Donna Brunet
Other Common Name
Seven-Spotted Ladybug
Family

Coccinellidae (ladybird beetles) in the order Coleoptera (beetles)

Description

The seven-spotted lady beetle is a stereotypical lady beetle: it is reddish with black spots, has a shiny, round, domed body, a flat underside, and tiny antennae. Identify this species by the presence of a white spot on either side of the head, and the 7 black spots on the elytra (shell-like wing covers).

This lady beetle species is native to Eurasia and is said to be the most common lady beetle in Europe. It was introduced intentionally into North America in the middle 20th century to combat aphid pests, and it is now established on our continent.

Learn more about this and other lady beetles (ladybugs) on their group page.