Seven-spot ladybird landing, SEM

Seven-spot ladybird landing, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Seven-spot ladybird. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the underside of a seven-spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) landing. Its flight wings (green) are protected by the hardened outer red wings (elytra). This beetle's red colouring is a warning to predators that it is able to squirt a distasteful liquid from its limb joints. Ladybirds are voracious eaters. They feed on aphids and other small insects and so are encouraged by gardeners.

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