A larva of C. septempunctata
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|Almost everyone know ladybird especially the seven-spot ladybird but a larva of this species know not much. This year I've met on the potato leaves many of them.|
Coccinella septempunctata, the seven-spot ladybird is the most common ladybird in Europe. Its elytra are of a red colour, but punctuated with three black spots each, with one further spot being spread over the junction of the two, making a total of seven spots, from which the species derives both its common and scientific names .
An adult seven-spot ladybird may reach a body length of 7.6–10.0 mm (0.3–0.4 in). Their distinctive spots and attractive colours are meant to make them unappealing to predators. The species can secrete a fluid from joints in their legs which gives them a foul taste. A threatened ladybug may both play dead and secrete the unappetising substance to protect itself. The seven-spot ladybird synthesizes the toxic alkaloids, N-oxide coccinelline and its free base precoccinelline; depending on sex and diet, the spot size and coloration can provide some indication of how toxic the individual bug is to potential predators
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Very interesting specimen and excellent macro.Fine composition,wonderful natural colours and great details.Thank You.
Have a nice weekend!
Macro interessante di questa larva di coccinella ben fotografata con un’ottima nitidezza e splendidi colori,interessanti le note bravo.
very good sharpness and good details
thanks greeting lou
na prawde bardzo ciekawe stworzenie. Super makro. Swietny punkt widzenia, kolory i ostrosc.
- [2012-06-30 15:51]
Hi Pawel,magnificent macro of this little larva of a coccinella,great light management on this difficult white background and spectacular details too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
A very interesting insect with excellent colors and very good focus. Splendid details and superb clarity.
Thanks for sharing!