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7-spot Ladybird

Many beetles are waking up now after their winter hibernation, and most noticeable of these are the bright red Seven Spot Ladybirds.  Still our most abundant ladybird, they glisten like little red jewels as they warm up their bodies in the morning sunshine.  The timing of their emergence is critical.



7-spot Ladybird hunting aphids

If they wake too early they can starve to death, but usually they stagger out from their winter hidey-holes just as the aphid population is beginning to multiply.  An adult ladybird can eat up to 50 aphids in a day, so it's little wonder that these beetles are so popular with gardeners.

More info at: UK Safari 7-spot Ladybirds Fact File

See also: Ladybird Life Cycle



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