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|7 spot ladybirds|
|Topic Started: May 24 2011, 06:24 PM (64 Views)|
|carlos100||May 24 2011, 06:24 PM Post #1|
Insect ID Moderator
Just having a rummage through my ID charts.
I know there can be variations to most Ladybirds but noticed apart from the
common 7 spot (coccinela 7 punctuta)
there is a
Scarce 7 spot ladybird (coccinela magnifica)
I wonder because of the very subtle differences how many of these are mis-identified.
Again looking online with some of the images referring to one another they all seem to be mixed photos and I cannot personaly see how they are distinguished.
Edited by carlos100, May 24 2011, 06:24 PM.
|celticsparrow-jan||May 24 2011, 09:09 PM Post #2|
Thats very interesting Carl ,something i didn't know ,are there no clues that you can find how to tell if we find a rare one?
With your talent of finding bugs if anyone can find one it will be you,good luck
|carlos100||May 24 2011, 09:25 PM Post #3|
Insect ID Moderator
There are a few small differences around the eyes and the placing of the spots but would need a good macro shot .
The thing that gets me though is on a lot of sites that show photos they dont match with what I understand the differences are.
Will have to study a bit more until I can fathom it.
Just found some more info just after I posted.
Scarce 7-spot Ladybird
The best method of confirming the identification of the scarce 7-spot, is that it has a white patch under all 4 rear legs . The typical 7-spot only has white patches under the front two legs.
So it looks like you need a underneath photo , as well as top.
Just to add they are mostly found where there are wood ants.
Edited by carlos100, May 24 2011, 09:33 PM.
|Tufty||May 24 2011, 09:29 PM Post #4|
|I didn't know that either Carl. I am sure you will manage to work it out.|
|Davebutterflyman||May 25 2011, 12:01 AM Post #5|
|Thats very interesting Carl and while i did know about the other species i had no idea on how to id it so many thanks for posting that info|
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