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Ladybird and Dew Drops, Septiņpunktu mārīte (Coccinella septempunctata), Mārītes, Vaboles (Coleoptera), Kukaiņi

Ladybird and Dew Drops

Code: D-093-19
Author: Aivars Gulbis
Photo taken on June 8, 2019
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Ladybird and Dew Drops

Code: D-093-19
Author: Aivars Gulbis
Photo taken on June 8, 2019
FREE 1000 x 667 px
72 dpi
73 KB
L 5211 x 3474 px
44.12 x 29.41 cm / 300 dpi
10.2 MB

Coccinella septempunctata, the seven-spot ladybird (or, in North Americaseven-spotted ladybug or "C-7"), is the most common ladybird in Europe. Its elytra are of a red colour, but punctuated with three black spots each, with one further spot being spread over the junction of the two, making a total of seven spots, from which the species derives both its common and scientific names (from the Latin septem = "seven" and punctus = "spot").

Anatomy and physiology
An adult seven-spot ladybird may reach a body length of 7.6–10.0 mm (0.3–0.4 in). Their distinctive spots and attractive colours apparently make them unappealing to predators. The species can secrete a fluid from joints in their legs which gives them a foul taste. A threatened ladybird may both play dead and secrete the unappetising substance to protect itself.The seven-spot ladybird synthesizes the toxic alkaloids, N-oxide coccinelline and its free base precoccinelline; depending on sex and diet, the spot size and coloration can provide some indication of how toxic the individual bug is to potential predators.
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