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Copyright: norman wright (normanw) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 101] (612)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-04-23 16:22
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I found this lot at the base of a wooden post beside the local meadows.

I am guessing that it's a ladybird nursery, but perhaps someone can enlighten me with more information.

Our native ladybird has 7 spots as an adult (and is red). Is this the immature marking or are these a different type? Are they even ladybirds?

This is part of one group, there were other groups on the same post, probably 3-400 in total, and more groups on other, nearby, posts.

Approx 3mm in length and the photograph is accurate to colour.

Apologetic note : I love taking photographs but I am hopeless at identifying many of my subjects.

Taken with a 21mm extension tube behind the lens to allow a closer focusing distance, and this has resulted in a very shallow depth of field.

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To wescost: igoranciaanahory 1 06-23 17:17
To wescost: Would someone please translate this for menormanw 1 04-24 01:18
To slrnovice2: Harlequin ladybirdsPDP 3 04-23 17:18
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Nice shot! Yes, they're ladybirds alright. You've captured these 16-spot ladybird (Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata) very well. I'm not sure whether I can actually remember having seen any of these myself at all... Capture is good, particularly considering how shiny these beetles are. A little more DOF would have been perfect IMO, but we all have to get what you can take! Well captured :-D

Superbe photo Norman.
Très belle trouvaille et jolie photo.
Felicitations !

Good capture , of this more unusual of our native ladybirds, there are great many more species than the common red and black ones and even they show a great variation of colour even black with red spots, at work we have one which is orage with white spots.
I presume this group and the others were emerging from hibernation they do seem to hibernate in groups. good close up with nice colour and some intresting details in the markings, the shinney wing cases make it very difficult not to get highlights so well done on keeping them down to this level, you could darken them a fraction with Burntool set to highlighs at about 15% and a very soft edged brush. TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-23 18:57]

Very interesting picture, Norman. The exposure is really good, and I like the composition too. Amazing dot patterns on the wings: They all look the same, yet they are each slightly different. I wonder if each individual insect has its own unique pattern, like we do our finger prints. ???

Very nice picture ! A great point of view with this pattern of shapes. The funny title is very well chosen for this ladybirds family. Very well done !

tem muita joaninha juntas ai fica foda né isto é impossivel na natureza você fez uma montagem

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-04-24 3:10]

HI Norman,

This is realy an artistic nature photo.
For the insect eating birds it is like a menu card.

Very good.


Hi Norman. I've seen gatherings like this too,but not so numerous,and I too have no idea why. It makes for a great shot though.
(BTW ... are you from Suffolk? I was born in Ipswich but have been in NZ since 73)

Nice shot Norman. The highlights on the bugs detract a little but I realise the beetles are shiny and I like the patterns created by having so many of them in one place so that they fill the frame. Personally I could not resist getting one of these bugs from one of the other nests and placing it in the top right of the photo so that *all* available viewing space was full of bugs, but I'm only saying that in fun. I think this species is not native to the UK. If I'm right, these bugs are Harlequin ladybirds and are invaders intent on conquest of our fair island and the extermination of all its (native ladybird) inhabitants by simply eating them out of house and home! Check out the following link for more information... http://www.harlequin-survey.org/
Ok, I'm wrong! Thanks AdrianW ;). They are 16 spot ladybirds and not lady-killers at all! :) See http://www.bioimages.org.uk/HTML/P5/P53925.HTM if you want to compare the species. Great shot Normanw, thanks for posting it :)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-24 4:19]

Busy, busy. I like Paul's and Rob's suggestions as to why they gather this way. Good colours and sharp too. Well done Norman.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-24 5:05]

Stunning picture Norman. This is a fantastic natural phenomenon and you caught it for us. Great DOF, colors and details. Well done & TFS!

I'm not expert in ladybugs, but this photo is very interesting. First time I see such a gathering, and you provide here a very explicit and well framed image. Details and colors are very good. The most common one found here is the 7 spots red ladybug. Sometimes I find yellow (more vivid than yours) ones, or red 22 spots. Thanks for sharing, Norman. It's new and original.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-24 6:50]

Belle et intéressante photo pour ces nombreuses coccinelles. Je pense que c'est rare d'en voir autant.
Well Done !

Nice shot Norman. It does look like you stmbled across some kind of ladybird gathering. I've never seen so many in one place. Good colours, clarity and sharpness. Thanks

Hello! Our native red "ladybugs" gather at the base of trees like this, but they are quickly being replaced by an Asian variety which has overrun Ontario, and they nest IN MY HOUSE in the thousands all winter. These are most unusual! Good crop to show the group aspect of the photograph. Apt title. Good job!

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-04-24 13:38]

They are like small walnuts. Very good composition, almost look like a texture. Very good shot Norman.
Thank you for sharing.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-24 17:00]

Hi Norman, I've seen this phenomenon before..I can't explain it but it's pretty common for these to gather together like this, I've seen them like this before winter, maybe with the weather as it is they think it is winter again. Ladybirds are not paletable to predators and a gathering like this re-enforces the yellow-black message - we are not tasty. Monarch butterflies do a similar thing and they are not palatable either. I'll have to look into it and see what I can find. Interesting photo. Thanks for posting.

Invasion of the Wicked Easter Eggs, part II ... ?!

Very well done, Norman. Interesting image and detail. Good composition, lighting and POV. Thank you for sharing it with us.

hi, very nice macro,i like that.

Such a wonderful and informative picture, and very good too! I have never seen ladybird babies before! Thanks for sharing this unique picture!

It looks like a traffic jam in Berlin! Very nice sighting although the technicals could be improved a smidge.

Nice shot! Just for information, in French, we call that 'coccinelle', it's also the name of the Volkswagen’s car (in English) 'beatles' and in Indonesia ‘kodok’(frog). Strange, isn’t it? In Switzerland (French part) we also call its ‘bête à bon Dieu), that’s mean ‘beast of good Lord’ (something like that!)

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  • sound Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 15] (174)
  • [2006-04-12 1:11]

very interesting and nice looking photo

A great DOF , just in luminosity for flash points, nursery of Tytthaspis Sedecimpunctata, really inusual see them as this. See you soon

ahhh so cute, never seen so many in one spot! Where I am from we call them Lady Bugs..and yes usually I see them Red. Nice shot though! TFS
Donna :o)

Hi Norman,
Great take. Good DOF. I think with you angle of take, its quite difficult to have all in sharp focus.

Nice shot. Very sweet :)

Very nice theme! it is allmost an abstract tile! NIce shot

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-01-23 23:10]

Hi Norman, A very good close up showng a lot of details on these little ladybirds. Excellent clarity and colours. TFS Murray.

Hi Norman!
Excellent picture! great colors! great POV

Salam Norman

Very nice Macrography & good focuse

-- SADEGH --

this is a really cool image!
great colors of all those ladybug !
vompliments, very creative and unusual pic ;)

Good image, may be the DOF is low but to get a close up view sometimes DOF is compromised. TFS


good composition and exposure norman, very nice moment...
regart Septle2

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