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Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - mugshot 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 />
THIS SPECIES DOES NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE THE NETHERLANDS<br />
Info and index to complete series with this image:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79204/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata.html" title="Ceratomegilla undecimnotata"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/79204_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1564012810&Signature=VoSSB3znsD7Q2T8qESjSszmRV3Y%3D" width="200" height="114" alt="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 />
THIS SPECIES DOES NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE THE NETHERLANDS<br />
<br />
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 />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79211/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_variability_in_larvae.html<br />
Just for fun and comparison a side-by-side with the larva of the very common 7-spotted ladybird:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79208/ladybird_larvae_coccinella_septempunctata_and_hippodamia_undecimnotata.html<br />
After pupating most pupae were attached to the sides of the boxes, this one I could lift out to take nicer pictures:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79210/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_pupa.html<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 />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79205/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_tiny_lateral_spot.html<br />
Here is what it looks like when it&#039;s larger:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79207/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_large_lateral_spot.html<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 />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79206/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_mugshot.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79209/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_portrait.html Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird" /></a></figure> Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - mugshot

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:
THIS SPECIES DOES NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE THE NETHERLANDS
Info and index to complete series with this image:

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 />
THIS SPECIES DOES NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE THE NETHERLANDS<br />
<br />
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 />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79211/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_variability_in_larvae.html<br />
Just for fun and comparison a side-by-side with the larva of the very common 7-spotted ladybird:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79208/ladybird_larvae_coccinella_septempunctata_and_hippodamia_undecimnotata.html<br />
After pupating most pupae were attached to the sides of the boxes, this one I could lift out to take nicer pictures:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79210/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_pupa.html<br />
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:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79205/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_tiny_lateral_spot.html<br />
Here is what it looks like when it's larger:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79207/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_large_lateral_spot.html<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 />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79206/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_mugshot.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79209/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_portrait.html Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird

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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.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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By Pudding4brains

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Uploaded May 18, 2019.