Ladybird beetle on blade of grass before take-off

Ladybird beetle on blade of grass before take-off

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Caption: Macrophotograph of a "seven-spot" ladybird beetle Coccinella septempunctata, on the tip of a blade of grass before take-off. The beetle needs to take- off from a position of height. Its outer wings, strengthened into a hard covering called the elytra, protect the delicate flight wings found beneath. Seven black spots are found on the bright red wing covers of Coccinella septempunctata. The red and black colour is a warning coloration to predators, because this beetle is able to squirt distasteful fluids from its limb joints. Ladybirds are encouraged by gardeners because they feed on aphids.

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Keywords: adult, animal, beetle, coccinella, coccinella septempunctata, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, ladybird, nature, type, wildlife, zoology

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