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simply spring
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Copyright: nuri senemek (senn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K-x, CZ Macro-Planar T* f2/ 100mm ZK
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-20 12:42
Viewed: 2194
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Coccinellidae are a family of beetles, known variously as ladybirds (UK, Ireland, Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, India and Malta) or ladybugs (originating in North America, spread through media to many other parts of the world). When they need to use a common name, entomologists widely prefer the names ladybird beetles or lady beetles as these insects are not true bugs. There also are other names that are less widely familiar; they include God's cow, 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. Such colour patterns vary greatly however; for example, a minority of species, such as Vibidia duodecimguttata, a twelve-spotted species, have whitish spots on a brown background.
In some species the spots are so large that they merge, leaving the remaining bright colours as spots on a black background. Many coccinellid species are mostly, or entirely, black, grey, or brown and may be difficult for non-entomologists to recognise as coccinellids at all. Conversely, non-entomologists might easily mistake many other small beetles for coccinellids. For example the tortoise beetles, like the ladybird beetles, look similar because they are shaped so that they can cling to a flat surface so closely that ants and many other enemies cannot grip them.
Coccinellids are found worldwide, with over 5,000 species described, more than 450 native to North America alone.
The Coccinellidae are generally considered useful insects, because many species feed on aphids or scale insects, which are pests in gardens, agricultural fields, orchards, and similar places. Within the colonies of such plant-eating pests, ladybugs will lay hundreds of eggs, and when these eggs hatch, the larvae will commence feeding immediately. However, some species do have unwelcome effects. Among these the most prominent are the subfamily Epilachninae, which are plant eaters. Usually Epilachninae are only mild agricultural pests, eating the leaves of grain, potatoes, beans and various other crops, but their numbers can increase explosively in years when their natural enemies are few, such as parasitoid wasps that attack their eggs. When that happens they can do major crop damage. They occur in practically all the major crop producing regions of temperate and tropical countries.
Harmonia axyridis (or the harlequin ladybird/bug) is an example of how an animal might be partly welcome and partly harmful. It was introduced into North America from Asia in 1916 to control aphids, but is now the most common species, out-competing many of the native species. It has since spread to much of western Europe, reaching the UK in 2004. It has become something of a domestic and agricultural pest in some regions and gives ecological cause for concern. It similarly has turned up in parts of Africa, where it has proved variously unwelcome, perhaps most prominently in vine-related enterprises.
A common myth, totally unfounded, is that the number of spots on the insect's back indicates its age. In fact the number, shape, and placement of the spots all are determined by the species of the beetle, and are fixed by the time it emerges from its pupa. The same applies to the colour, except that it may take some days for the colour of the adult beetle to mature and stabilise. Generally the mature colour tends to be fuller and darker than the colour of the callow.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-04-20 12:54]

Hi Nuri,fantastic macro of this mating moment,not easy to have details and colors so bright,great capture et the top of quality,i like it!Have a good night and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Nuri, lovely maiting couple on beautiful flower, fine details, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-04-20 15:58]

Hello Nuri,
You can always tell it's spring when these brightly colored Lady Bugs start to appear. You captured this pair perfectly in vivid yet natural colors. Focus is tac sharp and f/14 gave you some excellent DOF. Great work!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-04-21 0:40]

Hello Nuri,
Excellent macro in great clarity and beautiful colours. Very good sharpness, details and DOF. The left part of the photo is a bit empty and a piece of that can be cut off I think, but that's personal.
Enjoy the sunday,

很可愛的瓢蟲 顏色很紅

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-04-21 5:20]

Bonjour Nuri,
Le printemps a seulement montré le bout de son nez et il est reparti aussi vite qu'il est arrivé. Tes petites coccinelles ont au moins eu le temps d'une rencontre.
Excellente netteté, j'aurais éventuellement choisi un cadrage un peu plus serré.
Bon dimanche

Hello Nuri,
Captured with fine details and sharpness,lovely composition and taken from a nice PoV.
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Nuri.
what a nice picture of this matting ladybirds with fantastic detail and colour.
very nice PoV you chose.

Hello Nuri
A wonderful combination of fauna and flora!
Perfect detail and exposure, very nice composition. Wonderful photo
regards yiannis

Hello Nuri
Beautiful photo with fantastic colours and impressive sharpness.

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