Seven-spotted ladybird emerging from pupal case

Seven-spotted ladybird emerging from pupal case

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A seven-spotted ladybird Coccinella 7-punctata emerging from its pupal case (brown) on the underside of a stinging nettle leaf Urtica dioica. When ladybirds first hatch into adults they are yellow and without spots. The black spots begin to emerge within minutes and in hours the outer case has turned the familar red. Ladybirds belong in the family of beetles. As predators of aphids, they perform a useful function in controlling this serious garden pest.

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Keywords: animal, aphid, biological, coccinella septempunctata, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, ladybird, nature, pest control, wildlife, zoology

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