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Harmonia axyridis

Harmonia axyridis
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Copyright: TOMESCU Cezar Valentin (tomcezar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 282] (1823)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-10-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350 D, Canon ZOOM LENS EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5,6II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-11-16 10:13
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Harmonia axyridis is a large coccinellid beetle. Its colour ranges from yellow-orange to black, and the number of spots between none and 22. It is native to eastern Asia, but has been artificially introduced to North America and Europe to control aphids and scale insects. It is now common, well known, and spreading in those regions, and has also established in South Africa and widely across South America.

from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonia_axyridis

It is commonly known as the harlequin ladybird (because it occurs in numerous colour forms). It is also known in North America as the multicolored Asian lady beetle, and (because it invades homes in October in preparation for overwintering) as Halloween lady beetle.In Japan, it is not generally distinguished from the seven-spot ladybird which is also common there.

When the species first arrived in the UK, it was labelled in jest as "the many-named ladybird", because among the names listed were: multivariate, southern, Japanese, and pumpkin ladybird.

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To NikosR: Thank you.tomcezar 1 12-05 00:58
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Hello Cezar

Very nice picture of Harmonia axyridis,nice POV showing so mant colors forms, excellent ckarity, good sharpness and details, nice lighting. Thanks for sharing so many color morphs. I will put it to my favorites.



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