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The Visitor

The Visitor
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-02
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Minolta Dimage 7Hi
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Flower(blue)II, Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-06 8:12
Viewed: 4812
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The visitor.

The visitor:
Coccinella septempunctata, Lady Beetle.
Very common.

The location:
Pulsatilla grandis, Hungarian Pasque Flower.
Rather rare.

The well known beetle delivers a good scale to imagine the size of the flower.

E - Hungarian Pasque Flower
D - Grosse Kuhschelle

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Pulsatilla

Taxon: Pulsatilla grandis (Anemone grandis)

15 to 30 cm in height, the flower as shown measures approximately 50mm in diameter.

Pulsatilla grandis is one of the showy spring flowers on dry limestone grassland hills with Pannonian (Hungarian grassland) vegetation to the south and the east of Vienna. The species can be found in uncultivated grassland only. It disappears at once if other herbs are taking over after any kind of fertilization. The flowers appear in March and April. The species is endangered, and severly protected.


E - Sevenspotted Lady Beetle
D - Siebenpunkt-Marienkäfer
A - Siebenpunkt-Marienkäferl

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Coccinellidae

Species: Coccinella septempunctata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Body length: 5 - 8 mm

The Sevenspotted Lady Beetle, Europe and temperate Asia. Repeatedly introduced to North America from Europe for the biological control of aphids. Adults overwinter in protected sites near the fields where they fed and reproduced. In spring, emerging beetles feed on aphids before laying eggs. Females may lay from 200 to more than 1,000 eggs over a one to three month period commencing in spring or early summer. Eggs are usually deposited near prey such as aphids, often in small clusters in protected sites on leaves and stems. Both larvae and imagines are ferociously devouring aphids.


Minolta DiMage 7Hi, sRGB, 2560 x 1920 pixel, Macro Zoom 50mm, F/5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO-100, 02.04.2006, 14:05

For another view of the beetle trying to get away as quickly as possible, please have a look into workshop.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

Dando, Zeno, ddg, thistle, red45, SkyF, marhowie, marjan, hummingbird24, scottevers7, hansh, dew77, Signal-Womb, Hamurkaroglu, smirnese, firelord, zeca, ScottHale, Luc, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To dkaved: catch the beetlepeter_stoeckl 1 04-21 16:04
To red45: Pulsatilla is the best :-)peter_stoeckl 1 04-07 08:48
To thistle: Thank you, Monika.peter_stoeckl 1 04-07 08:04
To marhowie: the ladybirds a very nice pluspeter_stoeckl 1 04-07 07:43
To hummingbird24: reflection ... on the ladybugs backsidepeter_stoeckl 1 04-07 06:07
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Beauty and beauty -- no beast.
Lovely picture.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-04-06 8:36]

Hi Peter, beautiful shot with both the flower and the ladybird in the frame. The lilac flower stands out well from the grey background and good sharp detail, TFS.

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  • Luce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 15] (58)
  • [2006-04-06 8:57]

Bonjour, très joli photo. L'image est sharp et la mesure de lumière parfaite. La douceur de la lumière dévoile des détails même dans les ombres. J'aime bien la présence de la coccinelle. Bravo pour cette belle réussite.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-04-06 9:52]

Hi Peter,

Nice details in this photo and great colours.


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-04-06 9:59]

Hello Peter, what a beautiful macro!! Composition, sharpness and colors are great. In my favorit list. Regards, Didier.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-04-06 10:16]

The blue flower is wonderful. The DOF is spot on and you have caught it really well and the ladybird adds that little bit of interest.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-06 10:18]
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Hello Peter
An impressive flower harbouring a dainty little beetle and they are both very pretty and well captured.
The composition is excellent, the colours are vibrant and beautiful, the DOF is spot-on, the BG is superb, and the exposure was perfectly managed.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-04-06 10:20]
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Hi Peter!
As always perfect note and very good photo. Lovely flower, must be rather big. Colours of petals are great. Lady bird is a nice bonus, but Pulsatilla is the best :-)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-04-06 10:23]

Hallo Peter,
du praesentierst uns nicht nur eine sehr schoene Bluete, du lieferst gelich noch nen Glueckskaefer dazu. Eine wunderschjoene Aufnahme. Die Schaerfe ist excellent. Bildeinteilung ist super.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-04-06 12:46]

Hi Peter, nice photo, wonderful coloures and interesting composition with two wonderful creatures.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-04-06 14:36]

|Hello Peter , Very beautifull shot ,a beauty flower nice colour the smal kever ,very good ,and pov and dof ,nice weekend ,teunie .

Hello Peter,

A beautiful image which you have captured here, with excellent colors, details, pov, exposure, and...is that your reflection that we see on the ladybugs backside?

Very well done, thank you for sharing it with us!

I also enjoyed the second view in the ws, again thanks.

Hi Peter,
A superb photo! This has amazingly beautiful colors and razor sharp detail! The comp. and tight cropping look great. Perfect DOF. The ladybug is just the icing on the perfect cake! I'll revisit for pts.

Hello Peter,
Lovely shot! The colours are great and make a nice contrast with BG. I like the POV too and there's some good details on the flower. Very complete note.
Overall, great post.

Hi Peter,
Awesome color. Excellent quality. Perfect light, sharp detail. And the ladybirds a Very nice plus :) Great capture!

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-04-07 7:37]

Very nice shot of the flowe and the ladybird. I like the combination a lot and when you look at this, it give's the feeling that spring definitely starts.
Gr. Hans

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-07 8:30]

Hello Peter!
Excellent close up.POV,lighting,colors,POV,DOF,crisp clear details and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

This is a very striking capture Peter. The colour and composition is just wonderful and of course the Lady is a BIG BONUS. Very nice work.

Hello Peter,
Nice photo, nice colors and good composition. TFS.
With my best wishes,
Mehmet Hamurkaroglu

hi peter
cette fleur est tres belle avec sa petite touche de violet au centre du coeur jaune.tres bonne netteté et de bons details aussi.

Hi Peter,
Had a look at some of your images and this one caught my eye...just lovely!How did you catch the beetle in such an amazing pose.So clear and with such good detail...almost looks unreal.The combination of colours is just amazing.Very good...TFS.
Regards, David

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-05-02 21:48]

Wonderful composition, Peter! The two subjects are nice, but the flower is all!
Nice colours and sharp details! Congrats!

Wow!! The color of the red ladybug (as I call them) on this rare purple flower is dynomite! Good solid OOF BG and nice focus on the subjects. Thanks also for the great notes!

Great photo! I really like the focus you used. It really draws the colors out. TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-16 10:14]

Hi Peter.
I have found this beauty again and I am amazed again too. What a cute scene and lovely ladybird on the petal. Its image is reproduced so perfectly as the image of flower. All together they create an amazing composition and produce great esthetic impression. My congratulations. Terrific godsend, my dear friend.

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