Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Longhorn, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Family Coccinellidae (Lady Beetles)
Species septempunctata (Seven-spotted Lady Beetle)
septem (L) = "seven"
punctata (L) = "pointed"
Native to Europe
Introduced repeatedly between 1956 and 1971 to control aphids
Became established in 1973
Synthesizes alkaloid with bitter taste, coccinelline, to deter predators; fluid secreted from leg joints
Range: Nearctic & Palearctic