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Flying Lady in Red

Flying Lady in Red
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Copyright: Iris Hues (iris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-08
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-03-08 9:16
Viewed: 3566
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi ,
This one is after a long time.
I been coming in and watching everyone’s uploads and enjoying them.
I am still on my break, but hope to return soon.

Thanks for looking in.

Do look for a peek at the Lady’s delicate wings in the workshop:)

Ladybug Classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Coccinellidae
Genus: Hippodamia
Gardeners and farmers love them because they eat aphids which destroy crops. A single ladybug can eat upto 5000 aphids in its lifetime. They play dead when threatened.

Ladybugs are usually less than 1/4 in long (from 4-7 mm in length), and have oval bodies. The female ladybug is usually larger than the male. Most have red, orange, or yellow elytra (wing covers) and black spots. The number of spots helps to identify the kind of ladybug. This one is Coccinella septempunctata,Sevenspotted Lady Beetle

They are comparatively large (7-8 mm) with a white or pale spot on either side of the head. The body is oval, and has a domed shape. The spot pattern is usually 1-4-2, black on the orange or red forewings. Lady beetle larvae are dark and alligator-like with three pairs of prominent legs, growing to 7-8 mm in length. Eggs are spindle shaped and small, about 1 mm long.

The elytra is a hard wing cover that protects the ladybug's fragile wings. The ladybug's wings are so thin that you can see through them. The pronotum is found just behind the ladybug's head and it often has spots on it. It helps to hide and protect the head. Like all insects, the ladybug has six jointed legs. There are special organs on their feet to help them smell. The ladybug uses its antennae to touch, smell and taste.

Life cycle of the ladybug is between 4 to 6 weeks. In spring adults lay up to 300 hundred eggs in an aphid colony. The eggs hatch in 2 to 5 days. The newly hatched larvae feed on aphids for up to 3weeks, and then they enter the pupa stage. The adult ladybug emerges about a week later. However, they usually do not have their spots for their first 24 hours of adulthood. There may be as many as six generations of ladybugs hatched in a year.

Some Cool Beliefs about Ladybugs Around the World:
##In Europe, during the Middle Ages, insects were destroying the crops, so the Catholic farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help. Soon the Ladybugs came, ate the plant-destroying pests and saved the crops! The farmers began calling the ladybugs "The Beetles of Our Lady", and they eventually became known as "Lady Beetles"! The red wings represented the Virgin's cloak and the black spots represented her joys and sorrows.
##In Sweden, folks believe that if a ladybug lands on a young maiden's hand, she will soon be getting married.
##If you find a ladybug in your house, count the number of spots and that is how many dollars you will soon receive.
##In England, finding a ladybug means that you will have a good harvest.
##In France, if you are sick and a ladybug lands on you, when it flies away, it will take the sickness with it.
##If a ladybug has more than seven spots, then there will be a famine. If it has less than seven, then there will be a good harvest.
##At one time, doctors would mash up ladybugs and put them in a cavity to cure a toothache.
##Some people believe that the number of spots on a ladybug indicates how many children you will have.
##If you find a ladybug in your house in the winter you will have good luck

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-03-08 9:31]

nice picture..nice notes too.

Foto linda!
As cores, a ação, a joaninha... tudo como que pintado a mão.

Um abraço do Brasil,
Luciana Serra

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-03-08 14:34]


Otima foto desta joaninha em um momento exato quanfo ela iria voar. Otima composição luz e cores

Excellent picture

Hi Iris,
Very difficult timing to get this shot with the wing cases open. Well done.

Hi Irishues!

Never seen an in-flight shot of the ladybug! It is very nice and also the ws! Superb sharpness and a very good composition! TFS

Best regards,

Yippeeeee!!!! You're back! Sure missed you! :)
A great shot - wonderful vivid red - great bold colors.
Very interesting angle/ POV. :)

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-03-09 6:38]

Hi Irishues,
Very interesting colorsful shot!
Love the combination of the green and red!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-09 8:34]

Hi Irishues.
Both pictures are very cute. You managed to catch so attractive scene and pose of the insect. Timing is really great as ell as rich colours, excellent exposure and fine details. I also like great sharpness of the insect especially head and body. My compliments and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-09 23:37]

Hello Iris,
Very nice macro of a Seven-spot Ladybird taking off in flight. Great POV showing with good sharpness and detail the front of the head and the wingcases (elytra) against a pleasing green OOF bg.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-09 23:37]
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Hi Irishues,
Nice to see you after such a long break. Hope everything is OK. This is an outstanding shot and those brightly coloured wings looks gorgeous. Amazing in-flight shot and you have freezed the action perfectly. Very neat and sharp image with superb illumination. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Irishues!

Welcome back to TN and thank you for having taken the time to visit my gallery. Quite a difference between my icy psotings and your refreshing, beautifully vivid and coloured picture.

It's almost an abstract picture you present us, I like the contrast between the sharp and blurred parts very much.

Kind regards


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-11 2:25]

Hi Irishues!

Lovely to see you back my friend, it has been too long here without you! I hope you are well and life is treating you good.
You return with a very impressive photo of this Ladybird mid flight! A very hard shot to do, but you have managed excellent sharp details, wonderful vivid colours and and a very good composition! Hope you will return more frequently now :o)

Very beautiful Ladybus in action!I love the sharpness, Irish and the OOF BG!Very well done!
Thank you!

Hi Irishues,
Wonderful moment that you captured. Sharp and well seen image. POV and composition are great. Very well done and tfs.

Very colorful image,from the thumb nail It looks like there were two of the lady bugs. Good catch as it was taking flight. Nice saturated color, be aware that this is one the borderline being oversaturated. My hummble advice and opinions, Try not to place your subject so much in the center. The frame is a bit too much, not too bad since you have the sense to chose the colors that match your subject, which help. When you have a good image it need not heavy frame but very simple frame just enought to showcase your image rather than compete with your image. I hope this is helpful.
Excellent note, by the

Hello iris,
Beautifully captured of the Lady in red!
total sharpness with wonderful colour and details to view and enjoy
many thanks for sharing
greeting from NZ

Ciao Iris, splendid flying Ladybird with wonderful colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio


Very difficult circumstance to take a pic under. The pic is very colourful and interesting too.


Hi Irishues,
Really, I'm amazed that you could get such a picture with those settings! DOF created a very nice effect and colors are well saturated. This is a difficult shot that you achieved very nicely! Well done and TFS,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-12 6:18]

Hello Iris,
Lovely and well-timed capture of this Ladybird just taking off. Considering the difficulty in getting a shot like this you've done extyremely well. Very nice too to see the wing cases open and beautiful colours. I like your capture in the workshop too!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Iris,
What a pleasure to see you back on TN, though I myself continue to be erratic in my appearances here, mainly due to excessive work.
Hope you are near completion of your research work.
Your image of the Ladybird is quite attractice and colourful, though I must confess I found your Workshop image better technically.
Hope to see you regularly posting on TN soon.

Hola Irishues.
Bella imagen con unos colores tan intensos.
Excelente presentación y buen comentario.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-05-03 10:53]

Hola Irishues, un alto nivel de dificultad muy bien solucionado, una toma con buena composición, luz y color, el enfoque en la parte frontal del insecto es muy bueno. Un saludo

Good Morning Iris,
I think you composed this well slightly off-center.
The POV of this unusual pose, as the lady prepares for flight is perfect. Good color, detail, and a nice BG to set off her bright red color :)
Well done & TFS!

Excellent capture!
I've never seen a coccinella flying so detailed!
Perfect shot...

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-18 20:17]

Hello Iris

A wonderful pov for this capture.
It has a 3D effect like it is flying out of the frame towards me.
Excellent rich deep colours.
Super focus.


Hello Silpa,
This image has remarkable hues and detail throughfout the scene. What caught my eye was the beautiful and bright colors that the plant and Ladybug has offered you with this macro. The detail of the Ladybug is perfect, an excellent scene...

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