7-spot Ladybird

Common Name 7-spot Ladybird
Scientific Name Coccinella septempunctata
Family Ladybirds and Carpet Beetles
Interest
1
Description A familiar small red and black beetle often found in gardens as well as on wayside flowers and shrubs. 
Read about this species in my Nature Diary blog:
Date Sort ascending Title Link to Article Edit
30-03-11 7-spot Ladybird (Coccinella 7-punctata)
03-04-10 7-spot Ladybird (Coccinella 7-punctata)
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This map shows the distribution of the species based on my records:

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Ringstead Bay and Burning Cliff

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Dorset Council, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Bonsley Common

Forestry
2

Milton Park Wood

Forestry
3

Hooke Park Wood

Forestry
2

Wareham Forest (Woolsbarrow)

Wareham Forest (Carey Heath)

Forestry, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Wareham Common - West

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Tadnoll Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Hethfelton Wood

Forestry
5

Trailway (Sturminster Newton)

Purbeck Ridge (Ridgeway Hill and Steeple Hill)

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Tynham and Worbarrow Bay

Other Conservation Organisation, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Wareham Forest (Lower Hyde Heath)

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, Forestry, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Kingston and Houns-tout Cliff

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Winspit

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Moreton Heath

Forestry
3

Puddletown Forest

Ringmoor and Turnworth Down

Ashmore Wood

Forestry, National Trust
2

Arne Nature Reserve

RSPB, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Durlston Country Park

Dorset Council, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Dorset Council, Local Nature Reserve
5

Coombe Heath Nature Reserve

Carey

Open Access
5

Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
5

Corfe Castle Common

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Purbeck Ridge (Corfe East Hill)

Holton Lee

Other Conservation Organisation, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Ham Common Local Nature Reserve

BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Townsend Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Shapwick

Open Access
2

Lodmoor Nature Reserve

RSPB, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Powerstock Common Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

King Barrow Quarry Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Greenhill Down Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
4

Piddles Wood Nature Reserve

Site of Scientific Interest
4

Fontmell Down Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Perryfields Nature Reserve

Butterfly Conservation, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Woolland Hill

Open Access
2

Pamphill and Abbott Street Copse

Sharford Bridge

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Chilfrome

Open Access
3

Black Hill Heath

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Souls Moor and Bere Stream Nature Reserve

Cole Wood

Forestry
4

Jubilee Trail - Redbridge

White Nothe

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Bestwall Marsh

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
5
These are the National Vegetation Classification codes associated with this species:
NVC Codes Description Phase 1 Categories Description
The number of records for each month for this species; it gives an idea of the best time to see it (although for plants this does not necessarily mean it was in flower):
Month No of Records
04: April 4
05: May 1
06: June 5
07: July 6
08: August 4
These are the sites where I have found this species:
Site Notes Record Date Report Date
Arne Nature Reserve Present
Ashmore Wood

Present

08-07-15
Bestwall Marsh

Present

16-06-20
Black Hill Heath

Present

16-04-13
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

19-08-12
Bonsley Common

Several

10-04-11
Carey Present
Chilfrome

.

04-07-09
Cole Wood Present
Coombe Heath Nature Reserve Present
Corfe Castle Common Present
Durlston Country Park Present
Fontmell Down Nature Reserve Numerous
Greenhill Down Nature Reserve

Present

12-07-12
Ham Common Local Nature Reserve

Present

12-06-13
Hethfelton Wood Present
Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve Present
Holton Lee Several
Hooke Park Wood

Several

22-04-11
Jubilee Trail - Redbridge

Present

20-08-17
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve Present
King Barrow Quarry Nature Reserve

Present

08-07-12
Kingston and Houns-tout Cliff Present
Lodmoor Nature Reserve Present
Milton Park Wood Present
Moreton Heath

Present

14-06-08
Our Garden Present
Pamphill and Abbott Street Copse

Present

14-04-16
Perryfields Nature Reserve

Present

16-07-13
Piddles Wood Nature Reserve Present