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Coccinella 7-punctata

Coccinella 7-punctata
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-02-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D5200, 90mm Tamron AF SP f/2.8 VC USD
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2016-02-07 1:27
Viewed: 982
Points: 8
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Coccinelle septenpunctata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Coleoptera: Coccinelidae
Common name: seven-spotted ladybird

Coccinella septempunctata, the seven-spot ladybird (or, in North America, seven-spotted ladybug or "C-7"), 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 (from the Latin septem = "seven" and punctus = "spot").

C. septempunctata has a broad ecological range, living almost anywhere there are aphids for it to eat. Both the adults and the larvae are voracious predators of aphids.An adult seven-spot ladybird may reach a body length of 7.610.0 mm (0.30.4 in). Their distinctive spots and attractive colours apparently make them unappealing to predators. The species can secrete a fluid from joints in their legs which gives them a foul taste. A threatened ladybug may both play dead and secrete the unappetising substance to protect itself.

Here it feeds on aphids reared on the weed Galactites tomentosa. The weeds offer usually food for development of beneficial insects and consist a natural source of beneficials.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-02-07 5:58]

Hi Nikos,very good macro of this ladybird with a special bonus too...ehehe...bright colors too,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

hallo Nikos
very nice picture with nice details
gr lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-02-07 11:36]

Hello Nikos,
Very beautiful photo in splendid light, colors and excellent sharpness and details. Great!

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2016-02-07 14:45]

Fine macro photography.
Nice to see the ladybird and the aphids on the same image.
Great work.

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