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Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-04-02 17:42
Viewed: 4225
Points: 46
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I think my garden is being taken over by Ladybirds there are masses of them, though I would try to take a few shots, need a macro lens really but I liked the colours in this shot.

Ladybirds in our Culture

Coccinellids are and have for very many years been favourite insects of children. The insects had many regional names (now mostly disused) such as the lady-cow, may-bug, golden-knop, golden-bugs (Suffolk); and variations on Bishop-Barnaby (Barney, Burney) Barnabee, Burnabee, and the Bishop-that-burneth.

The name which the insect bears in the various languages of Europe is clearly mythic. In this, as in other cases, the Virgin Mary has supplanted Freyja, the fertility goddess of Norse mythology; so that Freyjuhaena and Frouehenge have been changed into Marienvoglein, which corresponds with Our Lady's Bird. There can, therefore, be little doubt that the esteem with which the lady-bird, or Our Lady's cow, is still regarded and is a relic of ancient beliefs. In parts of Northern Europe, tradition says that one's wish granted if a ladybird lands on oneself. In Italy, it is said by some that if a ladybird flies into one's bedroom, it is considered good luck. In central Europe, a ladybird crawling across a girl's hand is thought to mean she will get married within the year. In Russia, a ladybird is called Божья-Коровка (God's cow) and a popular children's rhyme exists with a call to fly to the sky and bring back bread. Similarly, in Denmark a ladybird, called a mariehøne (Mary's hen), is asked by children to fly to 'our lord in heaven and ask for fairer weather in the morning'. In Irish, the insect is called "bóín Dé" - or "God's little cow".

In some cultures they are referred to as lucky bugs (Turkish: uğur böceği). In Greece, ladybugs are called πασχαλίτσα (paschalitsa), because they are found abundantly in Eastertime along with paschalia, the Common Lilac plant, which flowers at the same time.

Grape Hyacinths

Grape Hyacinths are a group of plants in the genus Muscari of plants native to Eurasia that produce spikes of blue flowers resembling bunches of grapes. There are about forty species.

Some species are among the earliest to bloom in the spring, and are planted both in flower beds as well as in lawns. They are planted as bulbs and tend to multiply quickly when planted in good soils.

Muscari comosum bulbs are pickled and eaten in Greece under the name βολβοί ([vol'vi] lit. 'bulbs') and in the Puglia region of Italy, under the names "lampascioni", "lampasciuni", "lamponi".

Notes form Wilkipedia.com

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-02 17:47]

Hello Hil,
Excellent composition and presentation. The ladybug is positioned perfectly on the diagonal of the frame. Contrasting colors add much appeal. Well done.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-02 17:53]

Hi Hilary, what a great close up of the ladybird. very good colour and detail.an good compostion. well done..
Nick TFS

Hi Hillary. Nice color contrast between the ladybug and the flowers and well balanced composition. Regards, Yvonne

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  • erayca (25)
  • [2007-04-02 20:00]
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Hi Hilary,
Colours beautiful,did you use backing flash?or what is that light back of ladybird is it sun's reflection? Yes in Turkey we call them "ugur bocegi" believed brings luck,when find one just hold on finger tip and say "uc, uc, uc"meaning "fly,fly,fly"and it flies away :)..Super shot superb colours well done...Eray

oh the red on purple is stunning!!! Absolutely terrific!

Such lovely natural colour, caught just at the right moment.
Well taken...

Very pretty shot Hialry. Good combination of frame and object. Well done. tfs. Stev

Hello Hilary nice shot well composed with the flowers and I like the POV. Detail looks sharp, Framing is funky :-) tfs rgds Necip.

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  • irimi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 2 N: 49] (266)
  • [2007-04-03 4:44]

Hello Hilary,
You have taken a photo of a pretty bug with great composition. I really liked the vivid colors. Your garden infact maybe infested by aphids. And therefore there maybe ladybugs. You might want to check on your plants where you see the lady bugs because aphids are known to consume the plants.


This is very nice Hil! Those colors are really stunning! This is really purple isn't it :-) I like this nice composition, exposure and brilliance on the insect. I think that the WS worked well as it is for sharpness (which was good at the start) Well done!
PS, very interesting notes too

funny, have you got purple grape hyacinths mine are all blue, nice ladybird though.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-03 12:05]

Hi Hilary.
True spring shot, amazing by pictured subject, lovely colour palette and perfect details of the flowers and ladybird. Bravo. Piece of pleasure. My compliments and TFS.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-03 14:22]

What a wonderful composition for this shot, Hil!!
I like a lot its shapes and colors! Excellent sharpness, POV, DOF and lighting.
Superb presentation and note.
My compliments and TFS.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-04 0:43]

Hello Hil

A wonderful shot with interesting colour contrast.I like the orange against the purple.Good focus and composition.TFS


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-08 6:09]

Hi Hilary

The red looks stunning against the purple. Lovely artistic shot. Perfect focus, POV and DOF



Hi Hilary,
that's sooooooo wonderful, I love the arrangement and the beautiful colours, excellent work, thanks - you made my day happy.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-09 16:52]

Hi Hilary,
Really nice colours and a very original composition. Great details, perfect lighting and interesting note. BTW, in Spanish this bug is called "mariquita".
TFS, José M.

Cette coccinelle ressort à merveille sur ce muscari.
Bonne journée.

bonjour hilary
j'aime beaucoup cette combinaison de couleurs,la netteté est bonne sur la coccinelle mais aussi sur les petites fleurs.
bien vu;

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-12 18:41]

Hllo Hilary,
this presentation is very bold, but I like it. I works very well whith the whimsical lady bird character. POV, crop and composition are very nice.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-05-08 18:06]

Hello Hil,
Very nice colour set with a fitting frame!
Good job despite some flaws in focus :-)
best greetings and TFS!

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-05-13 7:35]

Hello Hil, lovely colours on this one. The Ladybird contrasts very well with the hyacinth flowers. I think the focus could be a little bit sharper. Nice work.

Nice to see you like Motogp...me too, Valentino to win of course :-)

Lovely shot Hil. I like the colour harmony and the great mounting too!


Hallo Hil

Thanks for welcoming me to Trek Nature. I appreciate your visit and the positive critique you left me. I am sure I’ll enjoy every moment and that my knowledge about nature and everything involved will grow daily.
Although this is not your latest posting, I wanted to critique this specific one. On browsing through your portfolio, my eye caught this photo of the ladybird on the purple flowers. I must admit I like the flowers more than the ladybird, maybe because I just that love the colour purple. I don’t see in your notes that you make mention of what kind of flower it is. I might be wrong, but it seems to have some kind of a wax layer on it. The combination of the ladybirds colours and that of the flowers are eye-catching. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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