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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-10 9:15
Viewed: 6158
Points: 44
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Coccinellidae is a family of beetles, known variously as ladybirds (UK, Ireland, Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, India, Malta, parts of Canada), or ladybugs (North America). Scientists increasingly prefer the names ladybird beetles or lady beetles as these insects are neither birds nor bugs. Lesser-used names include ladyclock, lady cow, and lady fly.

Coccinellids are small insects, ranging from 1 mm to 10 mm (0.04 to 0.4 inches), and are commonly yellow, orange, or scarlet with small black spots on their wing covers, with black legs, head and antennae. A very large number of coccinellid species are mostly, or entirely, black, grey, or brown and may be difficult for non-entomologists to recognize as coccinellids. Conversely, there are many small beetles that are easily mistaken for coccinellids, such as the tortoise beetles.

A few species are considered pests in North America and Europe, but they are generally considered useful insects as many species feed on aphids or scale insects, which are pests in gardens, agricultural fields, orchards, and similar places. Harmonia axyridis (or the Harlequin ladybug) was introduced into North America from Asia in 1988 to control aphids but is now the most common species as it is out-competing many of the native species. It has since spread to much of western Europe, reaching the UK in 2004.

Coccinellids are typically predators of Hemiptera such as aphids and scale insects, though conspecific larvae and eggs can also be important resources when alternative prey are scarce. Members of the subfamily Epilachninae are herbivores, and can be very destructive agricultural pests (e.g., the Mexican bean beetle). While predatory species are often used as biological control agents, introduced species of ladybirds (such as Harmonia axyridis or Coccinella septempunctata in North America) outcompete and displace native coccinellids and become pests in their own right.

Most coccinellids are beneficial to gardeners in general, as they feed on aphids, scale insects, mealybugs, and mites throughout the winter. As in many insects, ladybugs in temperate regions enter diapause during the winter, so they often are among the first insects to appear in the spring. Some species (e.g., Hippodamia convergens) gather into groups and move to higher land, such as a mountain, to enter diapause. Predatory ladybugs are usually found on plants where aphids or scale insects are, and they lay their eggs near their prey, to increase the likelihood the larvae will find the prey easily. Ladybugs are cosmopolitan in distribution, as are their prey.

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Hello Marius
Great photo with very good composition fantastic colours and great sharpness. I think that this is one of the various colour forms of Adalia decempunctata.

Hello Marius,
A Beautiful capture of the Ladybird on its descent. Fantastic focal length, light balance, POV, colours and OOF BG. Expertly done my friend.
Best regards,

Hallo Marius
A great photo indeed. It looks as if this Ladybird have been polished and buffed for the occasion. The colours are vivid and striking to the eye. Composition is pleasant. Thanks for sharing a lovely macro. Best regards.

wonderful diagonal composition, the subject have a great performance, colors and fine details!
regards Marius

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-10 9:43]

Hello Marius,
Great photo of this Ladybird in fantastic clarity. Excellent sharpness, diagonal composition and contrasting blurred background.

hello Marius
very nice composition with great details and nice light
the colours and BG are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Marius,
Very nice close-up of this seven-spotted lady beetles. Great sharpness. Excellent detail. Great light,

what a strange precious jewel this lovely lady beetle is dear Marius! Great point of view you have manged to isolate the insect from the background so nicely ...and what a background this is...just like a dream. Great contrast and light control! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Perfect image of this beetle from a good point of view. Excellent detail and composition
I think your beetle may be either Adalia 10-punctata f. bimaculata (melanic form) or more likely Chilocorus renipustulatus as shown by the definit lip at the edge.
regards yiannis

Hi Marius,
incredible colours of this lady beetle. As usually perfect point of view. Great sharpness and details.
Have a nice weekend,

Salut Marius
Un portret excelent al unei specii pe care inca nam mai intalnit-o.Detalii si culori foarte bune.

Ciao Marius. Wow! What excellent details and sharp agaisnt the blurred BG. Magnificent colours.


Ciao Marius, elegant diagonal composition with lovely lady, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-10 15:48]

Hi Marius,magnificent capture and very impressive sharpness and colors,great macro,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

Marius, this is a beautiful photo of this lady bug. The sharpness and detail are outstanding. Thanks for your comment on my geese photo. Have a great weekend, Bill

Hi Marius, Fabulous and unusual species of Lady Bug, splendid sharpness with fine detail, good exposure and lovely colour saturation, great stuff here Marius and very well done,
Best Regards,


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-11 2:22]

Hello Marius.
Great details and sharpness, great composition and great colours. Very good work! Well done. Thank you for posting.Best regards Siggi

Bonjour Marius.
Super prise, un beau macro!!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-12-11 22:14]

Very interesting ladybird with red spots, well captured. tfs.

Hello Marius,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-12-14 4:52]

Hello Marius,
A pleasant beetle-diagonal! A very special-colored Ladybeetle on this blade. And a fine and subtle background, ideal as contrast. Well seen Marius.
Kind regards

The graphism of this ladybug capture is amazing, Marius. I like the colors which is the reverse to what I commonly encounter. Great find and very nice details in this shot.
Kind regards,

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