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Eleven-spot Ladybird
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Coccinella undecimpunctata, the eleven-spot ladybird or eleven-spotted lady beetle, is a ladybird species endemic to the Palearctic - Europe, North Africa, European Russia, the Caucasus, Siberia, the Russian Far East, Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Middle Asia, Western Asia, Afghanistan, Mongolia, China, Pakistan, North India. Coccinella undecimpunctata has been introduced to Australia and New Zealand as a biological control agent. In Central Europe C. undecimpunctata feeds on aphids associated with grasses - in fields, in ruderal biotopes, on steppe (including Pannonian steppe), stone quarries, wastelands, dry forest edges in meadows and coastal meadow, in open habitats with grasses, near rivers. Frequently in biotopes with Ammophila arenaria it also occurs on alluvial soils, detritus, on dead grass and in biotopes with Salix purpurea. It is salt resistant and can feed on aphids inhabiting Atriplex tatarica and other grasses associated with saline areas

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