Meet Miss lady Bug
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Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home
Your house is on fire and your children are gone
All except one, and that's Little Anne
For she has crept under the warming pan.
Shot this with raynox macro lens when it was stuck on window fooled by glass trying to get out in to the open..
I released it later on
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A good shot of this ladybird and it's reflection, but I think this is Harmonia axyridis - a species introduced from Asia to N America and Europe to control crop pests. Instead it has become a pest itself and threatens to decimate native ladybird populations. It often comes into houses looking for places to hibernate. This is the typical colour form which gives it the common name 'Pumpkin Ladybird' but it varies tremendously.
I had dozens of them on my patio doors here in the UK a few weeks ago.
- [2009-12-03 3:33]
I would agree with Vinny on this one - it is Harmonia axyridis specifically Harmonia axyridis succinea. See Harlequin Survey Identification Aid.
I have around 70 or so of them in the house at the moment hybernating. They have almost completely replaced the native ladybird where I live. It raises the interesting and difficult question about helping a native speecies or not interferring with nature.
3 years ago I posted this picture of the 7 spot ladybird. now I never see them at home.
your picture shows the brown legs of the harlequin ladybird very nicely - the Coccinella septempunctata has black legs. It is one of the many identification aids that I have learnt about when ID'ing the hibernating ladybirds in my hall. you did well to control the flash in this picture - but I am wondering if you know that you can tone down the fill-in flash on your camera so that it is not as strong? It may help you a touch with reducing the white shot on the ladybird.
Anyhow you have done a much better job of photographing them than I did when I tried to identify the ladybirds in my hall.
I can not discuss the ID! I do not know much about these bugs! But I can say it's a good picture, with a correct POV and a curiously managed environment. Good work, it is interesting to watch.
Thanks for sharing!