Seven-spotted Lady Beetle larva - Coccinella septempunctata
Sunnyvale WPC Ponds (south SF Bay), Santa Clara County, California, USA March 29, 2008 Size: ~ 8-10 mm
My preliminary ID on this one is Coccinella septempunctata, despite some differences with images for this species on BG.
Differences: spots are yellow to white, not orange; the four spots in the corners on top of the 1st segment are small and do not blend together; the front of the head is white. Similarities: bristles, general pattern.
This one does not resemble the larvae of any of our other common local species; on the other hand, 7-spots are common here. As a rule I don't collect specimens, but in this case I should have brought this one home -- it might’ve turned out to be the spotless form of C septempunctata, which occurs here occasionally.
Contributed by iNaturalist on 3 October, 2009 - 4:39pm Last updated 20 March, 2010 - 10:57am
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