Coccinella magnifica Redtenbacher, 1843

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Cucujoidea > Coccinellidae > Coccinella > Coccinella magnifica

Common name: 

Scarce Seven-spot Ladybird

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Coccinella magnifica
Coccinella magnifica

Description

Length: 6 - 8mm.  Background colour: red.  Pattern colour: black spots, central spots comparatively large and foremost spots comparatively small.  Number of spots: 5-11 (7).  Spot fusions: rare.  Melanic (black) forms: no.  Pronotum: black with anterior-lateral white marks.  Leg colour: black.  Other features: can be distinguished from the 7-spot by more domed shape and presence of small white triangular marks on the underside, below both the middle and front legs (the 7-spot has such marks only below the middle legs).

Fourth-instar larva: dark grey/black; with black tubercles producing fine hairs; pale yellow lateral patches on first thoracic segment; sides of second and third thoracic segments pale grey; middle and outer tubercles on abdominal segments one and four yellow.  Pupa: unknown.

Biology

Habitats: Scarce 7-spot ladybirds are found in habitats close to wood ant nests, usually in woodland but also in heathland.  Indeed, this species is always within a few metres of wood ant nests, although never in the nests.  

Host plants: Scarce 7-spots have been recorded from various plants including gorse, thistles and heather, but are most commonly found on Scots pine.   

Food: aphids.

Overwintering sites: Scarce 7-spots overwinter in various locations but always within a few metres of woodant nests. 

Articles

Dieck, C. (2005). Coccinella magnifica (Redtenbacher) (Coccinellidae) in Dorset. The Coleopterist 14(3): 128.

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