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Ladybirds love

Ladybirds love
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 200 mm / f:4 macro APO G, Digital RAW 200, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Coccinellidae [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-30 3:41
Viewed: 3302
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today a post of two yellow ladybirds mating in our garden,it was quite funny to see as it was a bit windy and the leave on which they were mating was moving a lot but dont think they were disturbed by it or by me the one who was shooting pictures of it,hope you like it,

It was one of the first shots with my just received kenko 1,4 x teleplus pro 300,picture cropped,sharpened and resized for web.

Lady birds are beetles that are very easy to identify: small, round bodies and usually red with black spots or the other way around. Perhaps they are the insects most people like best. Who hasn't been playing with these creatures being a child? Just put one on your hand, point upwards and the little creature, trying to find the highest point, will be running to the top of your vinger, where it will expose its wings and fly off. Probably they have always been populair in Europe, for there is a Christian touch to their names in other languages as well: lieveheersbeestje (good lord beetle) in Dutch and Marienkäfer (Maria beetle) in German. There are many more species in this family than most people realize. Most species can be identified by counting the dots on the shields. Those dots do not tell you what age the animal is (usually they live for just one year or shorter), but are good clues for naming the species. However one should be very careful, for there are a few species which are extremely variable. One of the most common species, the Two-spotted Lady Beetle, for instance is red with two black dots in its typical outfit. But some have more than just two black dots and the black dots can even be connecting, thus looking like dark stripes, hooks or lines. On the other hand the basic color may be black instead of red. Some have two black dots on the red shields, but others might have four or even six black dots! Ladybirds all have colors to warn off predators. Colors like combinations of red and black or yellow and black are typical warning colors, just like in let's say wasps. And it works, for you will never see a bird eating a Ladybeetle, for they have a very bad taste and are slightly poisonous. When threatened many species will produce a drop of a smelly, yellowish and extremely untasty liquid, usually enough to scare away the attacker. We have divided the Ladybugs into three groups: first a very useful group, especially in ones garden: species eating aphids (plant-lice). These species are always red with black dots or the other way around. The second group consists of fungus eaters. These species are usually yellow or orange with black or white dots. Some species are harmful in the garden, especially those eating mildew. Parts of the fungus or the spores attach themselves to the feet of the beetle. When it flies off to another plant the parts or spores will be released. This way the beetles are unwillingly spreading the mildew around all over the garden. The third group is very small and consists of vegetarians.

elefantino, honza, Alex99, ramthakur, PDP, jchemas, SkyF, ellis49, eruyanik, jmp, thor68, Alex_Strugariu has marked this note useful
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Ciao Paul,
Gran bella foto macro!
Bei dettagli, composizione e colore ottimi.


Hi Paul, nice moment freeze!
Good colors, compo and details.
Now, let them 'play' in privacy!


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  • jl1972 (527)
  • [2006-06-30 3:58]

Hi Paul,
Attractive!The detail is very sharp. I like it.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-06-30 4:03]

Nice photo of the interesting moment in insect life. I like composition, details and colors.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-06-30 4:55]

Hi Paul.
These insects have only one at their mind. Excellent macro shot. Great DOF and POV. The texture of the leafs is reflected perfectly.

Looks like lady bugs are having a gala time these days, going by the number of pictures of mating ladybirds on the TN!
On a serious note, this is a wonderful macro of this cute yellow couple, Paul.
POV, DOF and colours are just perfect.

Hi Paul,
the 14 spotted ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata) is a very small bug, 2-3 mm long and a 180-200mm macro with a converter is a perfect wapon.;-)
You captured a nice action with very good details. Lovely colours and good POV.
Very well done.

Hi Paul,
Excellent macro! Very nice composition, great colours and very good details.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-06-30 7:20]

Great shot Paul! Lovely details and great looking ladybirds. You've caught a lovely moment here.

Hello Paul.
Superb shot.
Great composition with excellent colors and details.
Excellent POV and BG.
Love the frame.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-30 10:11]

Hello Paul,
great timing on this shot, caught them just at the right moment. Great POV and DOF. Details, sharpness and colors are excellent. Great use of flash.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-06-30 12:06]

great macro of these 2 ladybirds. Love the colours adn the detail available.


Hello Paul!
What a crispy shot! Shiny and vivid colours! focusing, sharpness, pov all are great! i like the bg a lot also. Wonderful composition and well chosen frame! Thank you!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-30 16:59]

Hi Paul,
A lovely ladybirds! Composition, color, details and pose are very good!
TFS, José M.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-01 5:11]

Hi Paul
Good shot. Great colours, light and sharpnes. Also good note and POV.
well done Paul


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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-07-01 16:11]

always nice to see the cute ladybugs making love.
great capture, paul! :-)
it´s not often that i see the yellow-black ones.
excellent pose and composition,
perfect sharpness and nice private details.
good job & best wishes, thor.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-02 10:48]

Hello Paul,
Great picture of these beetles
Good colourfull shot.


yes is very beautiful and more detailed of my shot,many compliments.
ciao GianPaolo

Great action shot! :)
Very nice details and colors!

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