Seven-spot ladybird beetle on camomile flowers

Seven-spot ladybird beetle on camomile flowers

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A "seven-spot" ladybird beetle Coccinella septem- punctata, walking over white flowers of the camomile Anthemus plant. This beetle may play a role in pollination: yellow pollen grains are seen stuck to its legs. Coccinella septempunctata is some 7mm long, with short antennae, and despite its short legs it is a good runner and a voracious aphid hunter. Camomile is a plant on which it lays its eggs, under the leaves. Seven black spots are found on the bright red wing covers of the beetle. The red and black colour is a warning colouration to predators, because this ladybird is able to squirt distasteful fluids from its limb joints.

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Keywords: adult, animal, anthemis, beetle, camomile, coccinella, coccinella septempunctata, flower, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, ladybird, nature, pollination, type, wildlife, with ladybird, zoology

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