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This blog will contain pictures and information from my everyday encounters with nature in London and the surrounding areas. I will log details of the origin of each photograph thus recording what there is to be seen and where it was seen. I very much welcome anyone else who can upload photos and information about nature in London and the home counties. I work freelance in the film industry so have plenty of days off. I hope to update Monday to Friday and once on the weekend posting at around 19.30, I don't post on bank holidays

Friday, 8 April 2011

7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella 7-punctata)

Brockwell Pk- Walled Garden.

There are 24 species of true British Ladybird and the 7 spot is one of the most common. Ladybirds are part of the beetle family and have a good reputation because of their aphid eating qualities although not all of them are predatory. Their red colour is a warning to potential predators of their bitter taste. Ladybirds will also secrete and unpleasant, pungent substance when handled, which also contributes to their defenses. They spend the winter as dormant adults and usually come out in early spring and stay out until late autumn. There are other leaf beetles that may be confused with Ladybirds but the latter have much shorter antennae which is a good means of identification. 

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