C-7 Ladybeetle
(Common Name)
Predator
(General Category)
Coleoptera: Coccinellidae
(Taxonomic Classification)
Coccinella septempunctata
(Scientific Name)

c-7 adult with ID charactersc-7 pupa eggs larva

Description: The c-7, or seven-spotted ladybeetle, is originally from Europe and was introduced to the United States for aphid management. Both the adults and larvae are predatory on aphids as well as a variety of other small insects and their eggs. The adults and larvae can be found in a variety of habitats, wherever aphids occur in larger numbers.

Identification:  Rollover or tap pictures for tips on how to identify these predators. Adults: Round, concave on top, flat underneath. Small, clubbed antennae. Two small white spots on head, 7 black spots on a reddish-orange wings covers. Larvae: Spiny alligatorlike bodies with 2 incomplete orange stripes across a blue-black abdomen. Legs that appear sharp and footless at the ends.

Value in Pest Management: Important contributors to pest management. Although these non-native beetles focus their attention on aphids, they are generalist predators and will consume other small insects and their eggs. The natural control they provide helps to suppress some pest populations. They are also the most widely sold ladybeetle for biological control of insect pests in North America (see BIRC online Directory).

Origin and Distribution:  Native, throughout North America (http://www.discoverlife.org/20/q?search=Coccinella+septempunctata).

For More Information:  (LINKS)

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Coccinella_septempunctata/

http://www.biocontrol.entomology.cornell.edu/predators/Coccinella.html