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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fotos con Alma [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-07-02 7:04
Viewed: 2921
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Just a simple composition with Ladybird on a stalk I shot in April this year when I was still in New Delhi.

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.

Coccinellids are found worldwide, with over 5,000 species described, more than 450 native to North America alone.

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.
A common myth is that the number of spots on the insect's back indicates its age.


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Ciao Ram, simple but lovely composition with beautiful ladybird, splendid light and colors, wonderful blurry BG, excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hello ram, fantastic picture you´ve done again...thanks a lot my friend...
kind regards

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-07-02 9:58]

Hi Ram
Ladybird is my favorite isect.
In romanian we call that "gargarita" or "mamaruta" Wonderful shot, perfect details and colors.

Hi Ram Sir,

This is lovely capture of the lady bird. Nicely composed with the upside down insect. very well composed


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-02 11:15]

Hello Ram,
It's an unsual 34 degrees here and the profit of the footballmatch against Brazil makes it 50! Don't have much energy left.
Yes, a simple but splendid composition in gorgeous colours. Great DOF and sharpness.
Have a wonderful weekend,

Privet, Ram,
Fine shot and an interesting note. In Russia this beetle namned "God's Cow". I don't know a reason. Good presentation and impressive reaction on your shot!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-02 12:39]

Hi Ram,this is he example of how to builth a wonderfull composition whit simples ingredients.What a impressive focus on the ladybird and what a loveable pic too,great quality and great work.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hallo Ram,
a very beautiful macro shot of this ladybird, superb sharpness and lighting, fantastic colours, simple and marvellous composition.
Best regards

Hello Mr. Ram,
And I call this balance and harmony! ... you have achieved a work of art in miniature! congratulations! ... macro is full of sensibility and good taste! ... although we must not forget that this ladybug has worked a lot with that pose! THANKS Ram friend, I like this a lot! Regards, TFS and happy WE for you! Jesús

Hi Ram

Simple perhaps, but pleasant to look at nevertheless. I like the contrast between the red and the plain plant with a nice contrasting green background.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-04 1:29]

Hello Ram,
the beauty lies in the combination of the pretty bug and the classical look of the grass.
The rich green blurry background gives a pleasant contrast if brown and red colours.
The spots on the bug's body is lively and the downward position is attractive.
nicely composed scene in a simple and staright catch.


Simple works for me Ram :)
Nice contrasting colors, that dry seed head makes a great perch.
Well done & have a great Sunday!
PS - Never heard that one about the spots myth,
Sounds like a dumb assumption to me ;-))

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