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Seven-spot Ladybird

Seven-spot Ladybird
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Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/105 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beetles and Bugs of the world (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-02 7:13
Viewed: 5993
Points: 42
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Seven-spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata)

With a face full of pollen this Ladybird was clambering over the Forsythia bush in our garden earlier today.

Ladybirds are perhaps the most well-known and popular of all British beetles, and the seven-spot ladybird is one of the commonest species. This rounded beetle has bright red wing cases with 7 black spots, although some individuals may have more or fewer spots. The thorax is black with patches of pale yellow at the front corners. The common name of this group of beetles, 'ladybird', was originally given to the seven-spot in honour of the Virgin Mary; the red wing cases symbolising the Virgin's red cloak, with the seven spots representing her seven joys and seven sorrows. The larvae are blackish in colour and are active predators of aphids as are the adults.

Photo cropped and sharpened USM

dew77, marhowie, TAZ, red45, liquidsunshine, gerhardt, PDP, rlortie, Luc, nofer, extramundi, JeanMichel, coasties, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-02 7:20]

Very good macro shot Andy!
Composition is very good and pollens are your bonuses:)I also have ladybug shots.Beautiful bettles for photo and luck.
Thanks for sharing

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-02 7:27]

Excellent!!! Wow, what a fantastic and close macro Andy. The details are razorsharp and the colors are superb. The yellow pollen on his/her face is fantastic. It looks fantastic and also the details on the pollen are excellent. Great composition and POV. Well done & TFS!

Nice shot Andy. Very good details and I like the color scheme of red on yellow. The pollen covered head adds interest. Well composed - Well done!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-02 9:14]

Jolie composition photographique pour cette mignone coccinelle. Jolie couleur jaune et bonne netteté. Note instructive.
Well done !

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-02 14:16]

Very nice close-up Andy! I love yellow BG with detailed flower. Ladybug is weel captured, sharp and pollen is a bonus ;-) TFS!

Hi Andy!
Great dirty Ladybird! But don't you think it needs a bathroom? ;-))))
Good job!

Good shot, just a bit underexposed. Good sharpness and colours.
Well done.

great photo! the sharpness is great, and the colours are very vivid! i like it very much. it is a great close-up. thank you for sharing this beauty.

Very nice composition Andy. The details are sharp and its a pleasing POV. The exposure is a bit low key but relfection on the bug could have posed a problem if you increased the exposure. Very well done.

A very good macro Andy,
Excellent composition, detail, colours and sharpness.
Thanks for posting

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-05 16:12]

Hi Andy, he looks like he has been up to his neck in it! The adults are known to eat pollen when there is a shortage of aphids. Lovley colours and comoposition, very well done. I'm glad the bugs are back up your way :-)

Very good composition and nice colors. DOF and contrast make the subject stand out.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-07 19:46]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Great visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thanks Andy. An excellent work.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-04-11 16:55]

Hi Andy
Now this is a much nicer customer than your previous post! Lovely yellow and red, and a strong POV, TFS.

I like very much the colours and composition in this one.
The detail is good but maybe you could bring up a bit putting some more light in the insect (only an opinion, as I like this way too) Thanks for posting.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-24 18:07]

Andy, for quite a long time I've been looking for one of these.

Your capture is excellent. Great and vivid colors, great composition, sharpness and pov.

Red robins and ladybirds are really favorites crittes on TN. I love them. Your ladybird has got class here, perhaps a bit too much make-up :-). Very attractive composition, Andy. Sharp, well exposed and vibrant colors everywhere. It's a plesure for the eyes. Very well done.

This wee Ladybird has been having a Pollen Party! Nice macro Andy. Th colour of the bug looks great against the yellow flower. Nice work. Tack sharp with perfect DoF. Thanks

Fantastic colors, Andy! I love the pollen all over the head; an amazing capture.



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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2005-07-12 15:02]

Hi Andy!
Very beautiful photo.Excellent!
Best Regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-15 7:39]

Hi Andy.
Thank you for your intro and amazing picture gallery. I like all of them. This one is so beautiful. Very nice yellow colour palette, impressive POV and great reproduction of all details of the ladybird, pollen and flower. My best wishes and TFS.

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