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Coccinellidae-Mid-larva stage


Coccinellidae-Mid-larva stage
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Copyright: Raju Chatterjee (rajuchatterjee) (45)
Genre: Protoctista
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 550D, Canon 18-55 Kit Lens
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-06 3:21
Viewed: 3047
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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 also require a source of pollen for food and are attracted to specific types of plants. The most popular ones are any type of mustard plant, as well as other early blooming nectar and pollen sources, like buckwheat, coriander, red or crimson clover, and legumes like vetches, and also early aphid sources, such as bronze fennel, dill, coriander, caraway, angelica, tansy, yarrow, of the wild carrot family, Apiaceae. Other plants that also attract ladybugs include coreopsis, cosmos (especially the white ones), dandelions and scented geraniums.

Coccinellids are sensitive to most synthetic insecticides. If food sources are limited, oviposition is reduced. A larva uses its sharp jaws to crush an aphid's body and sucks out the aphid's juices.

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Hello Raju
A well composed shot, great beautiful colors and good details. Well done!
Regards Hedesan

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