Hippodamia undecimnotata

Ceratomegilla undecimnotata

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.
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:

THESE ARE GERMAN SPECIMEN - AT THE TIME, THIS SPECIES DID NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE NETHERLANDS (but it has arrived in the meantime)

Info and index to complete series with this image:
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79204/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata.html Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird,nl: Zwervend lieveheersbeestje

Appearance

''Ceratomegilla undecimnotata'' can reach a length of about 5–7 millimetres . Body is elongated. Elytra are orange-red, while pronotum is black, sometimes with a small white line at the front edge. Elytra show a central black spot and 10 lateral black spots. There are a total of eleven spots , but some spots sometimes are small and barely visible.

This species can be confused with ''Coccinella septempunctata'', but it is smaller and more oval, the central spot above the pronotum is more triangular than round and there is no white around it.

Adults can be encountered from March through October. They mainly feed on aphids.
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):
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79211/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_variability_in_larvae.html
Just for fun and comparison a side-by-side with the larva of the very common 7-spotted ladybird:
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79208/ladybird_larvae_coccinella_septempunctata_and_hippodamia_undecimnotata.html
After pupating most pupae were attached to the sides of the boxes, this one I could lift out to take nicer pictures:
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79210/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_pupa.html
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:
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79205/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_tiny_lateral_spot.html
Here is what it looks like when it's larger:
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79207/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_large_lateral_spot.html
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:
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79206/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_mugshot.html
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79209/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata_-_portrait.html Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird,nl: Zwervend lieveheersbeestje

Distribution

This quite rare species can be found in central and southern Europe.
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:

THESE ARE GERMAN SPECIMEN - AT THE TIME, THIS SPECIES DID NOT NATURALLY OCCUR IN THE NETHERLANDS (but it has arrived in the meantime)

Info and index to complete series with this image:
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79204/ceratomegilla_undecimnotata.html Ceratomegilla,Ceratomegilla undecimnotata,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coccinellini,Hippodamia,Hippodamia undecimnotata,Ladybird,nl: Zwervend lieveheersbeestje

Habitat

It occurs in open, sunny environments .

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderColeoptera
FamilyCoccinellidae
GenusCeratomegilla
SpeciesC. undecimnotata
Photographed in
Netherlands