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Ceratomegilla undecimnotata The genus Hippodamia has recently been cut up into various different genera, each with subgenera. Hippodamia undecimnotata is now called Ceratomegilla (Ceratomegilla) undecimnotata.<br />
This series is the result of a batch of larvae kindly sent to me in 2017 from Germany by Burkhard Hinnersmann (thanks!), hence these images were taken at my home in the Netherlands but:<br />
THESE ARE GERMAN SPECIMEN - AT THE TIME, THIS SPECIES DID NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE NETHERLANDS (but it has arrived in the meantime)<br />
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The individual variability in the appearance of the larvae is quite stunning - in most Ladybird species the larvae are quite constant (except for differences between the various larval stages of course):<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79211/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_variability_in_larvae.html" title="Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - variability in larvae"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/79211_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1593043210&Signature=1s2nj%2BostQ%2BSFadmsQsHvxGQmfw%3D" width="200" height="114" alt="Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - variability in larvae This image is part of a series of images resulting from a batch of larvae kindly sent to me in 2017 from Germany by Burkhard Hinnersmann (thanks!), hence these images were taken at my home in the Netherlands but:<br />
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THESE ARE GERMAN SPECIMEN - AT THE TIME, THIS SPECIES DID NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE NETHERLANDS (but it has arrived in the meantime)<br />
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Info and index to complete series with this image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79204/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata.html Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird,nl: Zwervend lieveheersbeestje" /></a></figure><br />
Just for fun and comparison a side-by-side with the larva of the very common 7-spotted ladybird:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79208/ladybird_larvae_coccinella_septempunctata_and_hippodamia_undecimnotata.html" title="Ladybird larvae : Coccinella septempunctata and Hippodamia undecimnotata"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/79208_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1593043210&Signature=pGm9nYXbXEkk6wM8%2FSXEjBmBOJc%3D" width="200" height="114" alt="Ladybird larvae : Coccinella septempunctata and Hippodamia undecimnotata This image is part of a series of images resulting from a batch of larvae kindly sent to me in 2017 from Germany by Burkhard Hinnersmann (thanks!), hence these images were taken at my home in the Netherlands but:<br />
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THE LARVA OF CERATOMEGILLA UNDECIMNOTATA IS A GERMAN SPECIMEN - AT THE TIME THE SPECIES DID NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE NETHERLANDS (but it has arrived in the meantime)<br />
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Info and index to complete series with this image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79204/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata.html Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinella,Coccinella septempunctata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird,nl: Zevenstippelig lieveheersbeestje,nl: Zwervend lieveheersbeestje" /></a></figure><br />
After pupating most pupae were attached to the sides of the boxes, this one I could lift out to take nicer pictures:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79210/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_pupa.html" title="Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - pupa"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/79210_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1593043210&Signature=Fw71MZsYlvHRay86%2FWt0%2B3LPFEY%3D" width="200" height="114" alt="Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - pupa This image is part of a series of images resulting from a batch of larvae kindly sent to me in 2017 from Germany by Burkhard Hinnersmann (thanks!), hence these images were taken at my home in the Netherlands but:<br />
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THESE ARE GERMAN SPECIMEN - AT THE TIME, THIS SPECIES DID NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE NETHERLANDS (but it has arrived in the meantime)<br />
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Info and index to complete series with this image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79204/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata.html Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird,nl: Zwervend lieveheersbeestje" /></a></figure><br />
As with most &quot;Hippodamia&quot; (s.l.) the beetles can be quite variable in the development of their spots, with spots being larger, smaller or even missing. There is a spot on the lateral margin that is often quite subtle. When it is barely visible the pattern on the beetle starts to look a lot like the common 7-spot:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79205/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_tiny_lateral_spot.html" title="Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - tiny lateral spot"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/79205_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1593043210&Signature=S0luaO1mv5Moseo7bdrKwFVIyCE%3D" width="200" height="114" alt="Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - tiny lateral spot This image is part of a series of images resulting from a batch of larvae kindly sent to me in 2017 from Germany by Burkhard Hinnersmann (thanks!), hence these images were taken at my home in the Netherlands but:<br />
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THESE ARE GERMAN SPECIMEN - AT THE TIME, THIS SPECIES DID NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE NETHERLANDS (but it has arrived in the meantime)<br />
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Info and index to complete series with this image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79204/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata.html Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird,nl: Zwervend lieveheersbeestje" /></a></figure><br />
Here is what it looks like when it&#039;s larger:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79207/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_large_lateral_spot.html" title="Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - large lateral spot"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/79207_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1593043210&Signature=zMM23GNVjMOlSEStgu2WXng%2B9dQ%3D" width="200" height="150" alt="Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - large lateral spot This image is part of a series of images resulting from a batch of larvae kindly sent to me in 2017 from Germany by Burkhard Hinnersmann (thanks!), hence these images were taken at my home in the Netherlands but:<br />
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THESE ARE GERMAN SPECIMEN - AT THE TIME, THIS SPECIES DID NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE NETHERLANDS (but it has arrived in the meantime)<br />
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Info and index to complete series with this image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79204/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata.html Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird,nl: Zwervend lieveheersbeestje" /></a></figure><br />
The head patterns also vary. I have a gut-feeling that this may well be sexual dimorphism (with the black head being the ladies), but I need to get this confirmed still:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79206/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_mugshot_of_male.html" title="Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - Mugshot of male"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/79206_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1593043210&Signature=JrhFnOizYRGJIwrlIzjOk8FkUTo%3D" width="200" height="114" alt="Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - Mugshot of male This image is part of a series of images resulting from a batch of larvae kindly sent to me in 2017 from Germany by Burkhard Hinnersmann (thanks!), hence these images were taken at my home in the Netherlands but:<br />
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THESE ARE GERMAN SPECIMEN - AT THE TIME, THIS SPECIES DID NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE NETHERLANDS (but it has arrived in the meantime)<br />
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Info and index to complete series with this image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79204/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata.html Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird,nl: Zwervend lieveheersbeestje" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79209/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_portrait_of_female.html" title="Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - Portrait of female"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/79209_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1593043210&Signature=ea%2BLTeUPzKqJPldj90GeIrdeUEs%3D" width="200" height="150" alt="Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - Portrait of female This image is part of a series of images resulting from a batch of larvae kindly sent to me in 2017 from Germany by Burkhard Hinnersmann (thanks!), hence these images were taken at my home in the Netherlands but:<br />
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THESE ARE GERMAN SPECIMEN - AT THE TIME, THIS SPECIES DID NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE NETHERLANDS (but it has arrived in the meantime)<br />
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Info and index to complete series with this image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79204/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata.html Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird,nl: Zwervend lieveheersbeestje" /></a></figure> Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird,nl: Zwervend lieveheersbeestje Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Ceratomegilla undecimnotata

The genus Hippodamia has recently been cut up into various different genera, each with subgenera. Hippodamia undecimnotata is now called Ceratomegilla (Ceratomegilla) undecimnotata.
This series is the result of a batch of larvae kindly sent to me in 2017 from Germany by Burkhard Hinnersmann (thanks!), hence these images were taken at my home in the Netherlands but:
THESE ARE GERMAN SPECIMEN - AT THE TIME, THIS SPECIES DID NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE NETHERLANDS (but it has arrived in the meantime)

The individual variability in the appearance of the larvae is quite stunning - in most Ladybird species the larvae are quite constant (except for differences between the various larval stages of course):

Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - variability in larvae This image is part of a series of images resulting from a batch of larvae kindly sent to me in 2017 from Germany by Burkhard Hinnersmann (thanks!), hence these images were taken at my home in the Netherlands but:<br />
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THESE ARE GERMAN SPECIMEN - AT THE TIME, THIS SPECIES DID NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE NETHERLANDS (but it has arrived in the meantime)<br />
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Info and index to complete series with this image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79204/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata.html Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird,nl: Zwervend lieveheersbeestje

Just for fun and comparison a side-by-side with the larva of the very common 7-spotted ladybird:
Ladybird larvae : Coccinella septempunctata and Hippodamia undecimnotata This image is part of a series of images resulting from a batch of larvae kindly sent to me in 2017 from Germany by Burkhard Hinnersmann (thanks!), hence these images were taken at my home in the Netherlands but:<br />
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THE LARVA OF CERATOMEGILLA UNDECIMNOTATA IS A GERMAN SPECIMEN - AT THE TIME THE SPECIES DID NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE NETHERLANDS (but it has arrived in the meantime)<br />
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Info and index to complete series with this image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79204/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata.html Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinella,Coccinella septempunctata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird,nl: Zevenstippelig lieveheersbeestje,nl: Zwervend lieveheersbeestje

After pupating most pupae were attached to the sides of the boxes, this one I could lift out to take nicer pictures:
Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - pupa This image is part of a series of images resulting from a batch of larvae kindly sent to me in 2017 from Germany by Burkhard Hinnersmann (thanks!), hence these images were taken at my home in the Netherlands but:<br />
<br />
THESE ARE GERMAN SPECIMEN - AT THE TIME, THIS SPECIES DID NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE NETHERLANDS (but it has arrived in the meantime)<br />
<br />
Info and index to complete series with this image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79204/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata.html Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird,nl: Zwervend lieveheersbeestje

As with most "Hippodamia" (s.l.) the beetles can be quite variable in the development of their spots, with spots being larger, smaller or even missing. There is a spot on the lateral margin that is often quite subtle. When it is barely visible the pattern on the beetle starts to look a lot like the common 7-spot:
Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - tiny lateral spot This image is part of a series of images resulting from a batch of larvae kindly sent to me in 2017 from Germany by Burkhard Hinnersmann (thanks!), hence these images were taken at my home in the Netherlands but:<br />
<br />
THESE ARE GERMAN SPECIMEN - AT THE TIME, THIS SPECIES DID NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE NETHERLANDS (but it has arrived in the meantime)<br />
<br />
Info and index to complete series with this image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79204/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata.html Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird,nl: Zwervend lieveheersbeestje

Here is what it looks like when it's larger:
Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - large lateral spot This image is part of a series of images resulting from a batch of larvae kindly sent to me in 2017 from Germany by Burkhard Hinnersmann (thanks!), hence these images were taken at my home in the Netherlands but:<br />
<br />
THESE ARE GERMAN SPECIMEN - AT THE TIME, THIS SPECIES DID NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE NETHERLANDS (but it has arrived in the meantime)<br />
<br />
Info and index to complete series with this image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79204/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata.html Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird,nl: Zwervend lieveheersbeestje

The head patterns also vary. I have a gut-feeling that this may well be sexual dimorphism (with the black head being the ladies), but I need to get this confirmed still:
Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - Mugshot of male This image is part of a series of images resulting from a batch of larvae kindly sent to me in 2017 from Germany by Burkhard Hinnersmann (thanks!), hence these images were taken at my home in the Netherlands but:<br />
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THESE ARE GERMAN SPECIMEN - AT THE TIME, THIS SPECIES DID NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE NETHERLANDS (but it has arrived in the meantime)<br />
<br />
Info and index to complete series with this image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79204/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata.html Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird,nl: Zwervend lieveheersbeestje

Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - Portrait of female This image is part of a series of images resulting from a batch of larvae kindly sent to me in 2017 from Germany by Burkhard Hinnersmann (thanks!), hence these images were taken at my home in the Netherlands but:<br />
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THESE ARE GERMAN SPECIMEN - AT THE TIME, THIS SPECIES DID NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE NETHERLANDS (but it has arrived in the meantime)<br />
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Info and index to complete series with this image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79204/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata.html Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird,nl: Zwervend lieveheersbeestje

    comments (5)

  1. What a post, Arp...speechless! Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks Ferdy - had been sitting in a corner of my hard disk "almost finished" for way too long ... Posted one year ago
  2. Incredible! Posted one year ago
    1. Still can't get my head around how variable the larvae are - makes it hard to find constant characters to key them out :-/ Posted one year ago
      1. I would imagine! You are creating such an awesome and valuable resource with all your photos, Arp! I love seeing your posts. Posted one year ago

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Ceratomegilla undecimnotata is the currently valid name for the Ladybird still known to most as Hippodamia undecimnotata a species of black-spotted lady beetles belonging to the family Coccinellidae, subfamily Coccinellinae.

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Uploaded May 18, 2019.