Name: Seven-spotted Lady Beetle (Coccinella septempunctata)
Other name: Seven-spot ladybird
Description: These insects are generally called ladybugs or lady beetles. Lady beetles are predators as both a larva and adult. Like all insects, lady beetles have three body regions; a head, thorax and abdomen. To identify species, examine characters on both the pronotum, a plate that covers the thorax, and the wing covers, which protect the abdomen, for spot and color patterns.
Size: 7.6–10.0 mm (0.3–0.4 in)
Diet: Aphids, mites, caterpillars, insect eggs, other soft-bodied insects.
Habitat: Leaves, stems, and flowers; in backyard gardens, crop fields, meadows, and woodlands.
Reproduction: Female beetles lay 15-25 yellow oval eggs in clusters on leaves or stems.
Life Cycle: Eggs hatch in 5-7 days into larvae Larvae complete four instars over 10-30 days before pupating on plant leaves or stems. Adults emerge from pupa in 3-12 days. Beetles overwinter as adults in leaf litter.
Dymadex's blogs on bugs, including insects and arachnids. Insects are hexapod invertebrates like ants, beetles, bees, and flies. Arachnids are joint-legged invertebrates like spiders, scorpions, ticks, and harvestmen. Other organisms in this blog include centipede, millipede, and worms.
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