Seven-Spotted Lady Beetle

Seven-spotted lady beetle on a flower
Scientific Name
Coccinella septempunctata
Coccinellidae (ladybird beetles) in the order Coleoptera (beetles)

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.

Other Common Names
Seven-Spotted Ladybug
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