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Adalia bipunctata

Adalia bipunctata
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-23 6:56
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Strange things comes to mind in the middle of a winter storm:

This is a indigenous Two-spotted lady beetle (Coleoptera; Coccinellidae; Adalia bipunctata(L.); Zweipunktiger Marienkäfer) despite the resemblance to some of the invasive and also very polymorphic Asian lady beetles (Harmonia axyridis). In my yard it feasts on Peach aphids (Myzus persicae). The aphids in turn feast on my wild plum trees; their parthenogenetic reproduction rate is such that lady beetles are usually incapable to keep up with them.

The Two-spotted lady beetle occurs from Lapland to the Mediterranean and has been introduced in the Nearctis and elsewhere.

ID: for safe ID the animal has to be observed with a binocular loupe on the ventral side. The site www.koleopterologie.de/gallery/index.html gives an idea of the truly amazing polymorphism of this species.

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Salut Dietrich,
je savais que les coccinelle mangaient les pucerons, mais je ne les avais jamais vu en action. C'est chose faite grâce à ta splendide photo.
Elle est vraiment bien réussie: focus excellent et belle profondeur de champ.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-23 7:09]

Hello Dietrich,
A superb macro!
The lighting, POV, DOF and sharpness are first class in this action shot of an A. bipunctata feeding on an aphid nymph. The composition with the other aphids is great too.
Nice to view and thanks for delighting us with this excellent image.
Have a good weekend,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-01-23 7:11]

Hi Dietrich,

A great macro with good sharpness and detail,the dof is ggood and the amount of fillflash is well handled,tfs this sunny picture in the darker times,


Hola Dietrich, nos presentas una excelente ampliación de gran calidad técnica y unos detalles realmente sorprendentes. No solamente plasmaste bien la complicada textura de la "mariquita" sino que además captaste el áfido perfectamente. Un trabajo excelente.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Dietrich
You captured very sharp this old relation prey-predator. Well done!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-23 9:04]

Yeah Dietrich, my kind of image :-) As a big enemy of aphids I really like this picture. Great macro of brave ladybird with green, tasty pest. Looks like ladybirds have got five star restaurant in your backyard. Bon apetit :-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-23 9:34]

Hello Dietrich,
A most impressive macro of this Ladybird enjoying a delicious Aphid meal. I wish we had a few more Ladybirds around here in the summer! This is the best Ladybird capture I've seen here! Details are very sharp and colours natural. It is very well-timed and the composition is excellent too.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

bonjour Dietrich
cette photo de cette coccinelle en train de manger un puceron est superbe, la netteté de ces 2 insectes est extraordinaire de même que la luminosité et les couleurs
merci pour le partage

Hi Dietrich, a masterpiece work as usual.. Excelent macro of this ladybug plus aphids from a beautiful POV in a fine composition. Details, sharpness and colours are great. Great presentation MF!
TFS and have a nice weekend!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-24 5:59]

Lieber Dieter,
Da ist Dir ein sehr interessantes und einmaliges Bild gelungen. So etwas habe ich noch nie gesehen. Zweipunkt-Marienkäfer und Blattlaus sind beide perfekt fokussiert und die Farben scheinen natürlich.
Das Bild wird Dir wohl Glück bringen!
Ein schönes Wochenende und liebe Grüsse

Hello Dietrich,

An excellent macro of the Lady Bug and its prey. Fine detail and sharpness, you've lined everything up just right.

We have the accursed Asian Lady Bugs here too, they're quite annoying at times, as they sometimes occur in swarms and they pinch and bite, doesn't quite hurt, but if you get them down your shirt,it can be quite uncomfortable, plus they give off an odor that is disagreeable.


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-01-24 10:13]

Hallo Dieter!

Mmmmmh, da läuft sogar mir das Wasser im Mund zusammen! Die feinen und zarten grünen Dingerchen müssen ja gut schmecken!


Herrliche Aufnahme, dramatisch und in der bald legendären Bildqualität! Mir gefallen hier vor allem auch die Farben, auch wenn sie im Licht des Blitzlichts ein bisschen grell sind.

As liebs Grüessli


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