Seven-spot ladybird beetle on a flower

Seven-spot ladybird beetle on a flower

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Credit: DR. JOHN BRACKENBURY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ladybird. View of a "seven-spot" ladybird beetle (Coccinella septempunctata) on an orange and mauve flower. The ladybird is also known as the "ladybug" and the "ladybeetle". Its outer wings, consist of a hard covering called the elytra, these protect the delicate flight wings found beneath. Seven black spots are found on the bright red wing covers, this is a warning coloration to predators. The colours warn of the beetle's ability to squirt distasteful fluids from its limb joints. Ladybirds are encouraged by gardeners because they feed on aphids. In 1975 Ohio, USA, recognised the importance of ladybirds by making it their official state insect.

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