Eggs of the seven-spotted ladybird beetle

Eggs of the seven-spotted ladybird beetle

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A cluster of eggs of the "seven-spotted" ladybird Coccinella septempunctata, seen on the underside of a camomile Anthemus leaf. Ladybird eggs hatch after about one week. Some twenty eggs have been laid, a relatively small number to be laid by an insect. There is a relationship between number of eggs and the location in which they are laid; with fewer eggs produced by an insect species if they are laid in a protected place, as here, and laid directly in the feeding place of the future larvae. Both larval and adult stages of the lady- bird beetle feed on aphids; they are encouraged by gardeners as a controller of aphid pests.

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Keywords: animal, anthemis, beetle, camomile, coccinella, coccinella septempunctata, egg, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, ladybird, ladybird eggs, leaf, nature, type, wildlife, with ladybird eggs, zoology

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