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Coccinella punctata

Coccinella punctata
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Copyright: Hans Van Rafelghem (hvr_oosterzele) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 83 W: 0 N: 115] (992)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Sigma 180 Macro Ex H
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-04-26 16:31
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the most common Ladybugs is the Seven-spotted Lady Beetle, often referred to as the Sevenspot or the Sevenspotted Ladybird. Not very difficult to identify, for it is a typical ladybeetle, red with black spots and the total number of spots is seven. The seventh spot runs on both shields and just in front are two small white triangular shaped dots. Like all other ladybirds eating aphids they don't real track them down, they simply stuble over them. The adults can be seen from March to November mainly, but in winter some remain active. The size is typical for members of this family: some 6 to 8 mm. The larvae are blue with some pink spots. They are often found near an aphid colony, eating the sap suckers one by one. But, given the opportunity, they will be eating other small insects as well. You may also see ants chasing the larvae away. Nowadays this species is used commercially to fight aphid infections on plants, just like the Two-spotted Lady Beetle and some Green Flies.

In de Benelux is het Zevenstippelig Lieveheersbeestje, vaak kortweg Zevenstippel of Zevenstip genoemd, de meest voorkomende soort. Hij is gemakkelijk te herkennen, want op de dekschilden zie je altijd zeven duidelijke zwarte vlekken. De zevende vlek zit op beide dekschilden en vlak ervoor zitten kleine bijna driehoekige witte vlekken. Het halsschild is zwart met witte vlekken aan de voorrand. Hoewel ze veel bladluizen eten, zien ze die niet: ze moeten er toevallig tegen aan lopen om aan voedsel te komen. De kevers zie je het meest van maart tot november, maar zijn soms ook midden in de winter actief. De soort heeft de typische lieveheersbeestje-afmetingen, want hij wordt zo'n 6 tot 8 mm. lang. De larven zijn blauwig met wat roze vlekken. Je komt ze in de zomer veel tegen in de buurt van bladluiskolonies, waar ze de ene naar de andere bladluis opeten. Maar als ze de kans krijgen eten ze ook wel andere kleine insecten. Soms zie je mieren die proberen de larven te verjagen. Deze soort wordt tegenwoordig gekweekt voor de biologische landbouw als antibladluismiddel. (from http://www.gardensafari.net/ )

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A good capture.
The detail is excellent,right down to the tiny body curves.
Very good DOF.
Good work,well done.


Jolie photo Hans ! De beaux détails.

That is a stunning capture of the Ladybird Hans, the detail and DOF are perfect, very well done.

Lovely shot Hans, great detail and very sharp. DOF is perfect. I don't think I've seen a better image of a ladybird, not even in books.

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-27 1:07]

Great macro, Hans. Very sharp and well exposed. Maybe I would put the ladybug a bit more off center. Well done. : )

Brilliant macro, great composition, beautiful crystal-clear detail. Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-27 2:26]

Belle et intéressante macro-photographie pour cette petite "bête à bon dieu". Jolies couleurs et très bonne netteté grâce à la profondeur de champ bien adaptée.
Very Well Done !

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  • olger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 138] (744)
  • [2005-04-27 3:05]

Zelfs met F13 nog zo weinig scherptediepte, leve de macro! Goeie plaat, precies mooi scherp rondom het onderwerp, wat je niet altijd ziet op deze site! Leuke tools heb je.. zou ik ook wel eens mee willen spelen.. :o)

Great shot Hans!
One of the best photos of Ladybeetles I've ever seen.
Details are inredibly sharp and everything else almost perfect.
I like it very much.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-27 4:02]

Good capture Hans. The Seven-spotted Lady Beetle is very sharp and clear. Good details and colours. Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-27 4:16]

Personal assessment of the photo: perfect.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Hans. I wish it would be mine!

My hat is off to you, its the best macro i`ve seen in a while ...

Excellent shot Hans. Sharp, clear, detailed with true colors..Great POV, Very well done.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-04-27 8:17]

very well done! details and focus on main subject is perfect!

Hi Hans, what a nice ladybird. Colorful photo, good sharpness and details.
Well done.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-04-27 15:05]

Excellent capture Hans. Very good details, Dof and great, soft colors.
Very well done

Beautifully sharp and well composed. I love the frame - please explain more on that and how you get the info on the right panel - I use the EOS20D. Thanks. Tim

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