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Copyright: Rimantas Kisielius (rimas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-29 8:58
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Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ladybugs are usually less than 1/4 in long (from 4-7 mm in length), and have oval bodies. The female ladybug is usually larger than the male. Most have red, orange, or yellow elytra (wing covers) and black spots. The number of spots helps to identify the kind of ladybug.
This one is Coccinella septempunctata,Sevenspotted Lady Beetle.
Life cycle of the ladybug is between 4 to 6 weeks. In spring adults lay up to 300 hundred eggs in an aphid colony. The eggs hatch in 2 to 5 days. The newly hatched larvae feed on aphids for up to 3weeks, and then they enter the pupa stage. The adult ladybug emerges about a week later. However, they usually do not have their spots for their first 24 hours of adulthood. There may be as many as six generations.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-05-29 9:26]

Hi Rimantas.
Five-leaf plant is great stage for small charming creature. Ladybird is looked among the green leaves nicely. Dark BG and dark colouration of the insect create an impressive combination. Kind regards and TFS.

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