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I am NOT a Ladybird What Am I ?

I am NOT a Ladybird What Am I ?
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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: 2005-05-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100, Cokin 58mm close-up +4
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beetles and Bugs of the world (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-08 14:24
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Points: 38
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Thanks to paul (PDP) we have a correct ident for this beetle of False Ladybird (Endomychus coccineus) a beetle that feeds on fungi found under the bark of trees, it also appears the grubs also feed on fungus too.
What littleI could find out about them says they are widespread but local which probably means I was lucky to see this one. Thanks for all the kind comments so far.

Well my books have failed me, I have no idear what what this Ladybird look alike is.
it is only 3mm - 4/16ths ins. long and the area behind the head is flatterned out like 2 wings. The whole body is flatter than a ladybird.
I suspect the protective red colouration is a bluff unlike the Lady bird's as all it seemed to want to do was head downward into cover away from the light.
One of my lads at work found it wandering across the nursery yard so I have no idea of its natural habitat and this was just a convenient piece of branch to hold it on while trying to get a shot. It never stopped moving the whole time and most shots were blurred with movement.
It appears to be a true Beetle (Coleoptera) and not a Land Bugs (Hemiptera) as it appears to have elytra -wing cases covering the wings.
Hope somebody can point me in the right direction if not a complete name
Thanks for looking even if you cannt help.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-08 14:29]
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Hi Rob, I reckon this is a Endomychus coccineus. The habitat would be woodland and parkland - it feeds on fungi under the bark of various deciduous trees.

Info from: "Field Guide to Insects of Britain and Northern Europe" Bob Gibbons. A pretty good book but it has a few errors that a layman such as I have spotted.

Lovely shot, the colours are good and a very nice composition, well done Rob. I'm glad you've had the time to post one!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-08 14:53]

Very nice shot, Robert. I like the composition a lot, the way the bug is coming down the slanting leaf, against the beautifully-colored BG. Very sharp details. TFS. : )

Beautiful picture Robert.
I like the composition, it's great, Very nice colours and goos details.
Very well done.

Hi Robert. Another interesting post. I am fairly sure its a leaf beetle. (Family Chrysomelidae) We have a couple of species resembling ladybirds over here. They differ from the "ladies" in having 4 and not 3 clearly visible tarsal segments. Very colorfull critter, nicely captured. Well done.

Nice shot Robert. Composed well with great colors and detail..I find the ID of these very small beetles very difficult if not impossible also. Well done!

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  • Ina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 6 N: 101] (767)
  • [2005-05-08 15:35]

Lovely picture in strong and good colors... Exelent composition and background...TFS...Ina...

Interesting one, Bob. Never seen it before. It's well presented too and contributes to make a very attractive image. Will open my eyes to search for this here.

For sure this is not a ladybug, but I am realy not able to tell you what specimen you caught here... nice macro and intersting subject !



Very good picture with very good composition and colours, I like the combination of the red spot in the "cold" picture.

It does look remarkably like a ladybird.I thought Paul would know what it was,and I ws right.
A nice shot Robert.TFS

Not a bad image for a monster only 3mm long. Love the colour, composition, POV and the fact that you couldn't identify it. Glad to see you got an ID in the end. :)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-09 3:32]

Belle et intéressante macro-photographie pour cet insecte que je ne connais pas. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Nice & Well Done !

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-09 4:12]

Hello Rob,

This is an excellent post. The red and green are very fine and the details are crisp and clear. Good POV & DOF. Very well composed also. TFS!


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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-05-09 17:09]

Muito bonita composição!
Ótima macro! Boa foto.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-10 2:34]

A very nice capture.
Excellent colours and detail,great BG.
An unusual bug,first time I've seen one.
Great work,TFS.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-05-10 8:50]

Very nice picture, good macro. I like the colours and composition. Well done,

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-05-15 14:16]

Hi Robert
Thanks for the feedback on the colour, I think the time of day was a bit bad for the Ellie, but the veld was that sort of sick green yellow.
This is a very nice bug, and I like the compo a lot! The thrre corners work well with the vivid green. Nice info too, TFS

Wow Robert what a great educational writte up.....that is better to have in some instances then photo itself....it means a lots to know what is on the photo...u have done superb job with a photo itself as well...;)

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  • Dejv Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 0] (75)
  • [2007-05-22 1:15]

Beautiful photo Robert!
TFS David

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