7-spot Ladybird

Coccinella 7-punctata

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About

The 7-spot Ladybird is 'the' ladybird that everyone is familiar with. A virtually ubiquitous inhabitant of gardens and parks, the 7-spot Ladybird will turn up anywhere there are aphids for it to feed on. Adults hibernate in hollow plant stems and cavities, sometimes clustering together in large numbers. The 7-spot Ladybird is also a migratory species: large numbers fly in from the continent every spring, boosting our native population. The bright colours of ladybirds warn predators that they are distasteful, although some birds may still have a go at eating them.

How to identify

The 7-spot Ladybird is easily recognised by its red wing cases with a pattern of seven black spots, combined with the familiar black- and white-patterned thorax.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

How can people help

Many of our commonly overlooked insects are actually important pest controllers in the garden: ladybirds love hunting down aphids, for instance. You can provide a home in your garden for hibernating ladybirds by drilling holes into a log or block of wood, or by filling an old tin can with short lengths of cane so that their hollow insides are visible. To find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

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Species information

Common name
7-spot Ladybird
Latin name
Coccinella 7-punctata
Category
Invertebrates
Beetles
Statistics
Length: 6-8mm
Conservation status
Common.