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Orange ladybird Halyzia sedecimguttata

Orange ladybird Halyzia sedecimguttata
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Coccinellidae [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-27 19:13
Viewed: 6362
Points: 28
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I got his on the other day when trying to get this unknow fungus , it crawled up a piece of grass by the cap and flew onto the top here and after it had walked round the top a few times it took off again , I had a lovely blurred one of that as it passed out of the DOF :0((#
I think it is a variation of the 10 Spot ladybird, I have seen this colour variation in several places, I have it down as a woodland species though it was shot in grassland, but it is next to a long thin piece of woodland along the edge of a railway track that runs in a cutting at the back of the nursery..
The fungi I have no idear which one it is, the top is 50 -60 mm across and has looked like this for 2 -3 weeks even the hole chewed in the top was there when I 1st found it. The gill are a a light shade of soft brown anyhints as to which it is would be gratefully recieved and i will post a better shot I have of it.
I just wanted to get an image up on the site having spent an evening sorting problems out :0(((#
shadows and hightlights
sharpen edges and fade back in pin light to 75%
save to wed and hope you like.
Well folks the best guess awaiting confirmation is The Orange ladybird (Halyzia sedecimguttata). As you can see from the changed title it is definatly this one. this is deffinatley an unsual one as it is a type that eats mildew off tree leaves and can over winter as a pupae.
Not as rare as maybe it once was it is expanding its range so keep your eyes open it might be coming to a place near you. ;0)))#

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Thanks to all for the help with this one.Robbrown 1 10-29 15:09
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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-10-27 19:51]

Like it...I love it! Wonderful image, Robert. It makes me smile...alot!

What a cute little guy.I don't know the ladybird.There is a fungus-eating ladybird,but that is a yellowish colour with black patterns,not white spots,and I don't know if you get it in Europe.The fungus is similar to one I shot the other day,and judging by its shape and the slight frilly bit round the base of the cap,I'm guessing it may be a kind of Panaeolus. (I think thats the spelling).I'll go look it up and get back to you on that one.
A very good shot though.I have nothing but admiration for you guys who take good clear insect macros.I spent nearly a hour yesterday trying to photograph a Katydid.(It kept jumping up on the camera every time I got close.)Well done.

This is unique colouring Robert. The details are tack sharp. Two strange ones in one shot. I,ve never seen a white spot in real life, and I believe there are none here in SA. Great shot.

je n'avais jamais vu ca aupravant,
tres belle prise, meme le champignon est jolie..
la note est utile.
good work.

I've never seen such a ladybird. Your photo shows it very well, sharp, well exposed. Together with the fungus, it makes a very nice composition, where the green background enhances the orange/brown. Fingus ID, I think of the Cortinarius family (Cinnamoneus or semisanguineus), but the edges are doubtful.
Anyway, congratulations for spotting such an unusual ladybird

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-28 4:48]
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Hi Rob, excellent picture. I think you are on to something very interesting here. I'm not sure what it is but got to this site and email him (Paul Mabbott) He helped me...he may want the picture for his website.

I think this is an orange...quite rare, they have 16 spots.

Points tomorrow.

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  • Kay Silver Star Critiquer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 26] (86)
  • [2004-10-28 5:53]

Quite strange ladybird. Fungus and green background add a good atmosphere to this shot. Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-10-28 7:11]

This ladybug looks like made from amber. I never saw this kind of creature, too. I like everything in this picture :-)

Robert, You've done very well here to capture this rare 16 spot? Hey, it's all good! Congratulations on your find!!

Good shot! I agree with Paul on the ident, I think it's an Orange Ladybird (Halyzia sedecimguttata) too. I've seen a few of these I think, but none recently... Apparently they're mildew eaters, I wonder whether he's bitten off more than he can chew here ;) Technically it's a good shot - although I think if possible I'd have gone closer, as it stands I'm not sure whether the ladybird is the main subject or the fungus! Anyway a good capture :-D

never seen this one before!it's a nice one.good compo and colours.details and sharpness are good to!
nice mushroom btw :o)

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-28 17:40]

Excellent capture of both the fungi and the rare ladybird...I've never seen one of these before!
Excellent detail,colours and DoF.
Very well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-29 14:38]

Very nice combinantion. The colors of the fungi compliments the color of the ladybird. I like the composition very much.

Thanks for posting

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-31 4:51]

Debo reconocer que en una primera mirada pensé que estaba pintada a mano.
Bella composicion con una gran agudeza que permite visualizar las texturas del hongo perfectamente.
Buen DOF aunque existe algo de ruido en el fondo de la imagen.
(puntos otro día)

I must recognize that about one first glance, I thought that was painted by hand.
Beautiful composition with a great sharpness that allows to visualize the textures of the fungus perfectly.
Good DOF although exists something of noise of the image.
(points another day)

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