Ladybird beetles eating aphids on rose stem

Ladybird beetles eating aphids on rose stem

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Caption: Ladybirds eating aphids. Seven-spot ladybird beetle Coccinella septempunctata, feeding on the Rose aphid Macrosiphon rosae. This predation is occurring on the stem of a domestic rose. Aphids are the ladybird's main food source; this beetle is encouraged by gardeners since aphids are serious pests of flowers, vegetables and some fruit trees. Coccinella septempunctata is about 7mm long, with short antennae, and despite its short legs it is a good runner and a voracious aphid hunter. Seven black spots on the bright red wing covers of the beetle serve to warn ladybird predators that this beetle is itself inedible.

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