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PICTURE: Seen at Lindyke, Near Fairburn Ings, on the west and north Yorkshire border, May 2010.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: The Seven-spot is one of the two most common, and well distributed species of ladybird in the British Isles.

 

LENGTH: Up to 8mm.                                                     STATUS: Resident.

FLIGHT PERIOD: Adult Seven-spots emerge from hibernation in about April, or May depending upon the spring temperatures Hibernation takes place in cracks and crevices in tree bark, under leaf litter and other frost free nooks.

LARVAL PERIOD: Eggs are laid in late April or May and take only a few days to hatch  Both the larvae and adult ladybird feed on other insects, mainly various species of aphids. There is usually one, but occasionally two broods a year.

HABITAT: Habitats include gardens, parks, meadows, wood land, road side verges and waste ground.

FOOD SOURCE/S: Both the larvae and adult ladybird feed on other insects, mainly various species of aphids

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: Other species of ladybirds are similar, count the spots.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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