7 Spot Ladybird - Coccinella septempunctata

    Alternative names
    Seven Spot Ladybird

    The very common Seven Spot Ladybird is usually red, occasionally yellow. Its seven black spots are arranged three on each wing case or elytron and one at the back sitting across the two elytra.

    Identification difficulty

    All habitats.

    When to see it

    Active from March until October.

    Life History

    Both larvae and adults feed on aphids which helps their image as a gardener's friend. They hibernate during winter and can be found in cracks and crevices, often in outbuildings and around window frames. Large numbers often migrate here from the Continent in warm years.

    UK Status

    The most common of Britain's ladybirds.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 1100 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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