Seven-spotted Ladybug – Coccinella septempunctata
Family Coccinellidae – Lady Beetles
Live adult beetles and larvae photographed at Winfield, Illinois, USA.
Coccinella septempunctata, the seven-spotted ladybug, sometimes called “C-7” is a European species that was introduced into the US to aid in managing some aphid pests.
The gals are pretty thorough at devouring the hapless aphids. Too bad there are so many aphids and so few lady bugs these days.
Ladybird beetle larva has captured an aphid. Ouch!
The green lacewing larva below is on its way to the aphid buffet.
Between the aphid lions and lady bugs, you would think aphids could devise a defense – but their defense is in numbers.