7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata (Linnaeus, 1758)
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The most abundant UK species and very common in the Eakring area. It is one of the largest of our native Ladybirds, measuring some 6-8mms long and most often found openly on low-growing plants. An almost spotless 7-spot variant shown below, was found on Warsop Main Pit Top in late March 2008, the only variant we have found after checking literally thousands of 7-spot Ladybirds over the years.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Coccinella septempunctata
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Allan and Annette Binding. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Pauline Bradford. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Wil Heeney. Martin Warne. K N A Alexander (Invertebrate assemblage condition at Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI and Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI survey reports 2009-10). Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Tim Sexton. Keith and Belinda Lugg. Meg Skinner. Nottingham City Council. Darren Matthews. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Sean Tobin. Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Liam Andrews. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records).

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated February 2017

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