Seven-spotted ladybird Coccinella septempunctata, copyright S. Rae.

Belongs within: Coccinellidae.

Coccinella is a cosmopolitan genus, most diverse in the Holarctic region, that includes many of the most familiar ladybird species. The seven-spotted ladybird C. septempunctata is a native of the Palaearctic region that has been introduced to North America and sub-Saharan Africa. The transverse ladybird C. transversalis is an Indo-Australian species with a black line down the elytral suture and a pair of three-lobed discal markings on each elytron.

Characters (from Ślipiński 2007): Length 4–8.5 mm. Body moderately large, elytra weakly convex, glabrous. Elytral colour pattern constant, uniformly orange with black spots or transverse markings. Anterior clypeal border straight between lateral projections. Antenna eleven-segmented; slightly shorter than head capsule, with compact three-segmented club. Terminal maxillary palpomere strongly securiform. Pronotal disc evenly convex transversely; lateral margins narrowly margined within uptorned external borders. Prothoracic hypomeron without fovea near anterior angles; prosternal process with distinct carinae extending forward. Anterior margin of mesoventrite straight and entirely bordered. Elytral margin with complete thickened beads; epipleuron not foveate. Tibia spur formula 0-2-2. Abdominal postcoxal line not recurved, incomplete laterally, with oblique additional line. Penis consisting of single sclerite. Ovipositor with coxites club-handle type; infundibulum present; spermatheca with large nodulus.

<==Coccinella Linnaeus 1758 (see below for synonymy)V02
|--*C. septempunctata Linnaeus 1758S07
|--C. analisR26
|--C. bipustulata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. californicaRD77
|--C. cinctaB35
|--C. colonR26
|--C. conglobata Linnaeus 1758L58 [incl. C. conglobata var. gemellaC01, C. conglobata var. pinetiC01]
|--C. decemguttataR26
|--C. decempunctata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. decempustulata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. detritaB35
|--C. duodevigintiguttata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. distincta [incl. C. distincta var. magnifica]C01
|--C. duodecimnotataB35
|--C. endomycina Dupont in Boisduval 1835B35
|--C. fasciatopunctataC01
|--C. frontalisR26
|--C. gigantea Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. guttatopunctata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. haematomelas Boisduval 1835B35
|--C. haemorrhoa Dejean in Boisduval 1835B35
|--C. hebraea Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. hieroglyphica Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. japonicaC01
|--C. lapeyrousei Boisduval 1835B35
|--C. leonina [incl. C. tasmanii]M83
|--C. lividaR26
|--C. lunataB35
|--C. macularis [incl. C. rivularis]B35
|--C. maculataR26
|--C. m-nigrumL02
|--C. nonodecimpunctataR26
|--C. obliterata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. oblongoguttata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. oblongopunctataR26
|--C. ocellata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. octodecimpunctataR26
|--C. octonotataB35
|--C. pantherina Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. patruelis Dejean in Boisduval 1835B35
|--C. pteromelas Boisduval 1835B35
|--C. quadrinotataR26
|--C. quatuordecimguttata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. quatuordecimpunctata Linnaeus 1758L58 (see below for synonymy)
|--C. quatuordecimpustulata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. quinquemaculataR26
|--C. quinquepunctata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. reticulataB35
|--C. septemmaculataL02
|--C. sexdecimpustulata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. sexpustulata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. signatipennis d’Urville in Boisduval 1835B35
|--C. strigula Boisduval 1835B35
|--C. tigrina Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. tongataboae Boisduval 1835B35
|--C. transversalis Fabricius 1781 [incl. C. contempta Boisduval 1835, C. repanda Thunberg 1781]S07
|--C. transversoguttataC01
|--C. tricolorB35
|--C. tridecimpunctata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. trifasciata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. tripunctata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. undecimmaculataR26
|--C. undecimnotataC01
|--C. undecimpunctata Linnaeus 1758S07
|--C. undevigintipunctata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. unipunctata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. vigintiduopunctata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. vigintiguttata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. vigintipunctataR26
|--C. vigintiquattuorpunctata Linnaeus 1758L58
|--C. vigintiquinquepunctata Linnaeus 1758L58
`--C. vigintitripunctataR26

Coccinella Linnaeus 1758 [incl. Dobzhanskia Iablokoff-Khnzorian 1970, Neococcinella Savoyskaya 1969, Spilota Billberg 1820]V02

Coccinella quatuordecimpunctata Linnaeus 1758L58 [incl. C. quatuordecimpunctata var. conglomerata Linnaeus 1758C01, L58, C. quatuordecimpunctata var. duodecimpunctataC01, C. quatuordecimpunctata var. fimbriataC01, C. quatuordecimpunctata var. leopardinaC01]

*Type species of generic name indicated


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