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Seven Spot Ladybird

Seven Spot Ladybird
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Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Raynox DCR 150 macro lens
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-13 13:05
Viewed: 5285
Points: 24
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Hi All,

I'm trying to get the last few insect shots before it gets too cold, I'm just getting into macro insect shots, should have got started a bit earlier.

Ladybirds in our Culture

Coccinellids are and have for very many years been favourite insects of children. The insects had many regional names (now mostly disused) such as the lady-cow, may-bug, golden-knop, golden-bugs (Suffolk); and variations on Bishop-Barnaby (Barney, Burney) Barnabee, Burnabee, and the Bishop-that-burneth.

The name which the insect bears in the various languages of Europe is clearly mythic. In this, as in other cases, the Virgin Mary has supplanted Freyja, the fertility goddess of Norse mythology; so that Freyjuhaena and Frouehenge have been changed into Marienvoglein, which corresponds with Our Lady's Bird. There can, therefore, be little doubt that the esteem with which the lady-bird, or Our Lady's cow, is still regarded and is a relic of ancient beliefs. In parts of Northern Europe, tradition says that one's wish granted if a ladybird lands on oneself. In Italy, it is said by some that if a ladybird flies into one's bedroom, it is considered good luck. In central Europe, a ladybird crawling across a girl's hand is thought to mean she will get married within the year. In Russia, a ladybird is called Божья-Коровка (God's cow) and a popular children's rhyme exists with a call to fly to the sky and bring back bread. Similarly, in Denmark a ladybird, called a mariehřne (Mary's hen), is asked by children to fly to 'our lord in heaven and ask for fairer weather in the morning'. In Irish, the insect is called "bóín Dé" - or "God's little cow".

In some cultures they are referred to as lucky bugs (Turkish: uğur böceği). In Greece, ladybugs are called πασχαλίτσα (paschalitsa), because they are found abundantly in Eastertime along with paschalia, the Common Lilac plant, which flowers at the same time.

Thanks for looking

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Hi Hil,
Very nice macro capture of this Ladybird. Good POV and composition, sharp interesting details, bright natural colours and nice natural BG.

Hello Hil,
How are you! delighted to see such a beautiful Ladybird with seven spots!
this is a fine macro with sharpness, very nice colour and superb details over the subject!
the lighting is so beautiful
well done

Ciao Hilary,
spettacolare macro di coccinella, eccellenti POV frontale e composizione con la prospettiva diagonale, ottima DOF e perfetta messa a fuoco con straordinaria definizione dei dettagli, magnifici i colori e la luminositŕ

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-10-13 14:37]

Hola Hilary, buen macro, con buena definición y detalle, atractiva composición. Un saludo

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-13 16:27]

Hi Hil,

I didn't see on ladybug this year!!! Your picture makes up for it - this is a beautiful macro. The colors are deep, rich and shiny. Meticulous details of the face and body. Looks magnificent on the diagonal branch and the wonderful green leaves.


hi hilary,
very nice capture of the lady bug, i liked the colors and the contrast in this image very much, you have selected a very suitable pov,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-13 23:14]

Hi Hilary,
Wonderful shot of this tiny Ladybird with such awesome colours and details. Superb handling of natural lighting and I like the colour contrasts here. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-14 13:46]

Great macro of this Ladybird.
I love the vibrent colours.
Very sharp and detailed.
Great lighting.

Well done,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-14 22:13]

Hi Hil.
I see your camera works better than new mine. It is great as well as great is your amazing macro shot. Superb lights, vibrant colours and terrific details. I like POV and diagonal structure of the image. Bravo. Well done.

Oct 15, 2008

Hello Hilary. Excellent shot at this lady and you have counted the spot well in this sharp and details image. I like the pov and the shallow depth of this well framed shot. Regards. Jusni

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-23 8:03]

Very good close-up shot of the Ladybug! Well done Hilary for the overall quality and the lovely composition, thanks!


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-05 10:23]

Hi Hilary

I found one of these crawling around my training room at work just a couple of weeks ago. I left it alone as it obviously wanted a warm place. It was nice to see one so late in the year. The colours and clarity here are wonderful. Great POV and it is pin sharp. Lovely macro work



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