cat: Marieta de set punts; esp: Mariquita de siete puntos; eng: Seven-spot ladybird
Long: 7 mm
phylum: Arthropoda > (Unirramia) > Hexapoda > class: Insecta > (Pterygota) > (Neoptera) > Endopterygota > order: Coleoptera > (Polyphaga) > (Cucujiformia-Cucujoidea) > family: Coccinellidae
Coccinella septempunctata, the seven-spot ladybird (or, in North America, seven-spotted ladybug), is the most common ladybird in Europe. Its elytra are of a red colour, but punctuated with three black spots each, with one further spot being spread over the junction of the two, making a total of seven spots, from which the species derives both its common and scientific names. Has a broad ecological range, living almost anywhere there are aphids for it to eat.