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Coccinella septempunctata

Coccinella septempunctata
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Copyright: Jose Ramon Pato (JORAPAVI) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 677 W: 0 N: 629] (4643)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Coccinellidae, Magnificent Macros [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-22 5:08
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Coccinella septempunctata

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Coccinellidae
Genus: Coccinella
Species: C. septempunctata

Coccinella septempunctata, the seven-spot ladybird (or, in North America, seven-spotted ladybug or seven-spotted lady beetle), is the most common ladybird in Europe. Its elytra are of a red colour, but punctuated with three black spots each, with one further spot being spread over the junction of the two, making a total of seven spots, from which the species derives both its common and scientific names (from the Latin septem = "seven" and punctata = "spots").

C. septempunctata has a broad ecological range, living almost anywhere where there are aphids for it to eat. Both the adults and the larvae are voracious predators of aphids, and because of this, C. septempunctata has been repeatedly introduced to North America as a biological control agent to reduce aphid numbers, and is now established in North America, and has been subsequently designated the official State insect of six different states (Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee).

In the United Kingdom, there are fears that the seven-spot ladybird is being out-competed for food by the harlequin ladybird [1]. Conversely, in North America, this species has outcompeted many native species, including other Coccinella.

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I am just after you on the gallery today, so I would take the initiative first to congratulate you on this wonderful image of a Ladybird, Jose.
What a superb macro with matchless focus and sharpness, vivid details and stunning colours!
Hats off to you, my friend.
Best regards.

Genial José.
Unos detalles muy bien retratados.
El color y la luz son excepcionales.
Una buena nota.
Chao, JL.

Hi José,
Very nice capture of the beautiful 'Coccinella septempunctata'..!
Beautiful colours, very good 'bokeh'..!
Good shot..!
Best regards,

bonjour josé
belle macro, bien cadrée

Hello Jose
Wonderful shot of this Ladybird,
Great details,BG and composition,
Fantastic colors and DOF,Superb shot.


Hola Jose,
Wonderful macro! The details of the ladybird, water drops and leaf are incredible. I love the colours, POV, lighting and composition. Really well seen and captured. Excellent work!

Hi Jose
Very nice warm colors. Great OOF buckground great sharpnes and almost perfect DOF
I like it very much

Un macro muy buen.Es dificil sacar su cabeza.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-22 7:19]

Hi Jose,
brilliant shot with the droplets on its back.
Brilliant POV and composition.
Well done,

Hi Jose

There is so much detail to see on this ladybird. It is really excellent. the DOF and sharpness are excellent and the rain(?) drops really add that little extra to the ladybird. I might hand changed the composition a touch just to pull the ladybird onto the 3rds and loose some of the OOF leaf at the back, but that is just me...


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-22 8:22]

Hola José,
es uno de los insectos mas entrañables,
buena macro,
colores y las gotitas de agua le dan una excelente vistosidad, bella mariquita "con perdón" saludos

Beautiful shot Jose.
Excellent composition.
Perfect sharpness and DOF.
Great POV, the water droplets are great.

Hi Jose!
Great photo! Beautiful composition, perfect colors, POV, DOF and details. Well done!

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  • Dejv Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 0] (75)
  • [2007-05-22 9:04]

hi this is excelent macro!
TFS David

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-05-22 10:24]

wow!! preciosa foto!! que detalles con las gotitas de agua ! chapeau Jose!! Saludos.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-22 10:27]

Hi Jose,

This is a fantastic macro of the ladybug! The colors are absolutely marvelous. And the details are perfect - down to the water droplets. To add to all of this the composition is lovely. Great shot!


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-05-22 12:40]

Hi Jose,
This is an excellent macro of a ladybird. I like the details in this picture very much especially the waterdrops on the body.
Very good colours and nice blurred bg.
TFS Paula

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-22 12:46]

Hello Jose,
Really fantastic macro of this Ladybird. The closeness and the sharp details are impressive. I like the warm colours too in this very fine composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hola Jose,
I do like the DOF here...generating an overall sharp subject.

Dear Jose!
What a splendid picture! Fantastic Dof, POV and details! Great using of flash too!
TFS and best greetings,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-05-22 14:06]

Hola Jose,
excellent depth of field and sharpness to show this 'after-shower-ladybird'. Suitable brightness on all parts of the beetle. Nice details are seen due to pretty good sharpness.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-22 14:26]

Hi Jose.
Great macro shot. I am amazed with perfect sharpness, details and giant DOF. Diagonal composition and terrific colour palette impress the imagination. Bravo and congratulations.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-22 14:35]

Hola José Ramón,
Of all the Ladybird shots seen on TN this must be one of the best. Everything is right: the sharpness, POV, DOF and BG, composition and even the water droplets are fine inclusion.
Well done and TFS!

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-05-22 15:27]

Bonjour Jose
Superbe prise de cette coxinelle, excellent cadrage
et gestion de ma netteté. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-22 15:43]

Hola Jose Ramón
Fantástica macro y preciosa composición.
La mariquita ha quedado graciosísima con esas gotitas de agua.
Excelentes detalles y precioso colorido.
Felicidades y un fuerte abrazo.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-22 15:53]

Hi Jose

Another very beautiful macro shot from you!
Not only a great shot of a lady-bird, but also one with a little something extra: the tiny drops of water that are really cool, too!
Excellent POV and composition here as well as DOF.

Bravo and TFS

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-22 17:14]

Hi Jose.
Excellent sharp close-up.Superb light.Beautiful composition,perfect POV and DOF,very nice colors.I like sharp details with small drops of water and wonderful blurry BG.My compliments and thanks for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-05-23 3:01]

Hello Jose,
This is a wonderful picture of a coccinella. Very sharp, wonderful the tiny waterdrops. The smooth background in warm colours is very pleasant too.
Thank's and best regards

Bonjour José Ramon C'est Une merveilleuse photo en macro que ce Joli insecte, Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.
Bravo et merci...JP

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-23 10:43]

Just beautiful, Jose.
The composition is wonderful.
Gorgeous colors.
Very sharp details.
Stunning macro.
TFS. ; )

Hola Jose Ramon.

Te repito el comentario de la foto siguiente por que estamos en lo mismo con la diferncia de los puntos negros tan caracteristicos y con la que resulta tan simpatica.

Jose Luis.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-05-27 12:07]

Hi Jose

I love the stunning details on this one, especially the water drops. The colours and sharpness are also excellent



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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-06-06 15:30]

What a stunning capture - even the small water drops are3 visible! Fantastic shot! Bravo!

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