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Ladybird (Cheilomenes sexmaculata)

Ladybird (Cheilomenes sexmaculata)
Photo Information
Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1577 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-18 10:10
Viewed: 6242
Points: 33
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Many Many thanks to Aniruddha (aniruddhahd ) for helping to ID this ladybird species.

Scientific name

Cheilomenes sexmaculata (Fabricius)

The generic placement of this species has not been conclusively resolved. Recently, Ślipiński (2007) has used the name Menochilus sexmaculatus for this species.

Common name

Six-spotted zigzag ladybird


Cheilomenes sexmaculata (Fabricius), Chilomenes sexmaculata (Fabricius), Menochilus sexmaculatus (Fabricius), Menochilus quadriplagiatus (Swartz)


Length 3.3-6.2 mm, width 3.0-5.3 mm. Body outline broadly oval to subrounded, dorsum moderately convex and shiny. Ground colour orange, light red, yellow or pinkish with the following markings in the typical form: head with a black marking in posterior half ; pronotum with a T-shaped median marking connected to a broad black band along posterior margin; elytra with six black maculae including two zigzag lines and a posterior black spot, sutural line with a narrow to moderately broad black stripe. Ventral side uniformly yellow. Antenna short and compact. Prosternal process with a pair of subparallel carinae reaching up to middle. Male genitalia and female spermatheca as illustrated.

This is the commonest, yet rampantly misidentified coccinellid of this region due to the occurrence of numerous colour variants. The following variations are frequently seen: (a) Elytra yellowish / pink / orange without any markings except for a black sutural stripe, (b) elytra and pronotum partially black leaving only the margins, (c) more or less completely black, and (d) the elytral markings coalesce and form broader bands. The pronotal marking is always constant and can be faintly seen even in completely black forms. All these forms freely intermate and several intermediate forms are found in the field (Subramaniam, 1924a). The various colour morphs of this species are frequently misidentified as Micraspis discolor (Fabricius), and Chilocorus nigrita. The larva is dark slaty grey to brown, with yellowish patches. The pupae are yellow with black spots.

Source: Aphidweb (

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Hello Haraprasan, a beautiful image of this ladybird.
TFS and regards,

Hi Haraprasan,

an very good macro shot from this insect with good detail and fine colours.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-06-18 11:17]

Hello Haraprasan,
beautiful shot, the composition is wonderful. I like the DOF and the OOF BG lets the lady bird stand out very well. Colors, lighting and POV are wonderful.
Best regards Siggi

Join the is national or make it international NOT know the bug day....Ivan is probably running in circles with all of us:-) He had to help me on mine after I got 3 others saying 3 different things...My thought was just to name it pretty bug:-)

This one indeed looks like a gratiusm otius sanctum pacum deus. that translates to "Pretty Bug"

Hello Haraprasan, great shot of a beautiful ladybird from a dorsal point of view. Wonderful composition.
TFS and greetings, Deniz

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-18 11:48]

Hi Haraprasan. I am sure you will get the ID from someone soon. I have had a look in my books but nothing with these markings. You have taken it withgood detai land natural looking colours. well done TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
  • [2009-06-18 13:14]

Hello Haraprasan,
Difficult to get a good DOF from above when photographing a round species of Ladybird, but the markings show well. I can't help with the ID but your suggestion sound good.
It contrasts well with the BG leaf and is clear enough for a coleopterist to ID it.
Thanks for sharing this,

Namastay MF Haraprasan, an awesome macro of this pretty ladybug from dorsal POV with nice warm colours and fine composition.
TFS and cheers,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5804 W: 89 N: 14916] (62531)
  • [2009-06-18 16:04]

Hi Hara,maybe the sharpness isn't perfect but i know how isn't easy to take a little ladybird perfectly,especially very close like your work.Good colors and light,my best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Ciao Haraprasan, lovely ladybird with splendid details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Wow! You open mine eyes, HP!
An awesome shot, my dear friend!
I, plead ignorant, as usual!

Hello Haraprasan,
a very beautiful macro shot of this insect, good sharpness and bright colours in a nice composition.
Best regards

Aunque el foco podría mejorar :-) un buen documento sin duda. Estos pequeños coleópteros me encantan.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

- La anterior cámara ( eos 450d ) solo duró un año. Cada vez es peor la calidad de los materiales y además son muy delicadas con el polvo.

Hi, these tiny beetles are always mysterious as there is less data available freely to identify it. but much efforts are already done in India and elsewhere to get all detailed info on beetles up for us. i had clicked a similar one, and someone helped me ID it as Cheliomenes sexmaculata, beetles IDed through photograph are not 100% accurate. but this is a near-similar specimen. please go through the following link to read on details about this cute Ladybird -

Hello Haraprasan
great shot of this strange ladybug, very well composition and beautiful colors
ilike the POV and pose
Have a great WE

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-06-21 6:50]

Perfect in all aspects. i especially like the pattern and composition.
TFS and G's,

My dear friend,
Can not resist your six-spotted zigzag Ladybird. Truly unusual sight - but usual, perfect photographic technique from you!

I am amazed at the bright markings, I would have thought it attracts everybody who wants to eat a Ladybird...

Did it have markings underneath as well?

Thank you for sharing this unusual insect.

Have a nice evening
Warm Greetings from South Africa

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