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Coccinella algerica The northern African and Canary Islands version of the common 7-spot Ladybird  Coccinella,Coccinella algerica,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Geotagged,La Palma (Canary Islands),Ladybird,Spain Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

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  1. Beautiful find and wonderful vibrant scene. How to tell them apart visually? Or is simply the location itself enough to conclude on the species? Posted one year ago
    1. I "identified" this merely on distribution. There have been some quite subtle differences published in the past, as well as identification keys and all that, but there is also a quite well done publication that will have all populations of Coccinella septempunctata, with all the geographic variations noted in the past, to be just one species. However, currently most (all?) leading databases still sport algerica as a species in its own right so I follow that for now. I've collected a few beetles here and plan to do a side by side with Dutch septempuntata, focussing on the published differences and I'm frankly quite curious to find out for myself if these seem to be of any use ... will upload that here, of course :o) Posted one year ago
      1. Excellent, thank you! Posted one year ago

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Coccinella (Coccinella) algerica Kovàr 1977 is a species of Ladybird Beetle known from northern Africa and the Canary Islands. It is very closely related to the common 7-Spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata), but generally considered to be a species in its own right.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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By Pudding4brains

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Uploaded Feb 12, 2020. Captured in Briestas, 38788, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.