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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Coccinellidae, Alex99's favorite shots, 40 - 49 Points (Chapter 12), Photo Collage at TN [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-29 8:49
Viewed: 4582
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The two-spotted lady beetle (Adalia bipunctata) is a carnivorous beetle of the family Coccinellidae and is very common in western Europe. It is used as a biological control agent against aphids, e.g. in greenhouses.

The most familiar form of the two-spot ladybird beetle is the red one with the two black or brown spots. However, there also exists a black form with four or six red parts on it. In addition, there are intermediate forms, but they occur only rarely in nature.
Life cycle
Life cycle

The two-spotted lady beetle's life cycle starts with eggs that are usually laid in clutches. The larvae hatches from the egg by biting a hole in it. The larvae look very different from the adults: they have elongated, grey, soft bodies with six legs but no wings. They are cannibalistic. Larvae go through four larval stages: by eating they grow and at some point they shed their old skin and appear in a new one in which they can grow more. The last larval stage is approximately the size of an adult beetle. Once it has eaten enough, the larvae attach themselves to a substrate and moult into a pupa. Inside the pupa, the adult develops. Finally the adult encloses from the pupa.

In some populations, the majority of the beetles are female. In these populations, 80-90% of the offspring of a females are female. The cause of this anomaly is the presence of a symbiotic bacteria living within the gametic cells of the female lady beetles. The bacteria is too large to live in the male gametes (sperm), so the bacteria can be transmitted to the next generation only through female gametes. When it ends up in a male, it will die when the male dies. Therefore, it kills most of the male embryos in the newly-laid eggs. These dead embryos then serve as food for their sisters when they emerge from their eggs. This trait is associated with a variety of different bacteria (Wolbachia, Rickettsia, Spiroplasma), which are present in between 0 and 20% of females, depending on locality.

The two spot ladybird also carries a sexually transmitted infection in Central and Eastern Europe. The infection is an ectoparasitic mite that transfers between male and female (and female and male) during copulation. The infection sterilizes female two spot ladybirds, and at some points of the year, up to 90% of adult 2-spots become infected.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-29 9:03]

Hi Grzegorz. Each of the four close up are very good in there own right , but put together like this makes them first class. Great detail and natural colours. Good timing to get it just so. well done TFS. Good notes too.

Hi Grzegorz,

Great collateral shots to show the flying steps of a ladybird. Each are perfectly captured with great details, accompanying great and useful notes. Many thanks for this educative image sequence my friend.


Superb capture of the lady bug. I liked the 3rd for its extreme position. You have given very useful information.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-29 9:27]

Hello Greg,
This is great, I really like your observation of this Ladybird's struggle to reach the top!
A lovely presentation with sharp details and in fine natural colours. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Excelente trabajo, un buen seguimiento.
Original encuadre y magníficos detalles.
Un interesante comentario.
Saludos, Jl.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-06-29 11:37]

Hello Grzegorz,

Excellent capture of this tiny ladybird. Very nice series of pictures. The third is the best as far as focus and sharpness is concerned. Very good light and colours.

Cześc Grzegorz,
bardzo ładne kolaż przedstawiający kolejne etapy startu, ciekawie pomyślane i dobrze zrealizowane. Dobra robota!

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-06-29 11:39]

Hola Grzegorz, el trabajo tiene una presentación sobresaliente, la nitidez en todas las tomas es muy buena, asi como la luz y el color. La ultima el momento es muy bueno con los élitro abiertos. Un saludo

Great collage Greg! Step by step! i like the pastel colours and what an action at the final!

Excelente trabajo Grzegroz, con gran nitidez y realismo en cada una de las tomas.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-30 1:08]

Good one Greg. Sorry, good 4 of them, Greg!
Well done on this foursome - how long did it take for it to reach the top and fly away?
I really like how you have put the 4 of them together and all of them show good focus and colours

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-06-30 4:07]

nice serie! great idea and realisation. very well done. tfs

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-06-30 6:25]

Hello Grzegorz,
Wonderfull frame you made. they are lovely to see. I like your total composition.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-30 7:33]

Hello Grzegorz,
Very original photo of this Ladybirds. Great details and wonderful colours. Very nice presentation.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-30 8:19]

Hi Greg,
Your presentation is great! Very elegant and very original. Well done and TFS
All the best,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-30 10:35]

Hello Friend, WOW very nice presentation and that too filmi style. Excellent shot with well composed. Ganesh

Hi Grzegorz, again,

it's my new challenge as well, trying to photograph insects when flying. The result so far is tons of wasted pictures due to missed miliseconds. But not here, you made it a nice serial event. Great how the beetle is still touching the grass blade with one extended leg ! Outstanding is your explanation of the Wolbachia feminization. Thanks for all, entertainment and explanation.
best regards

Hi Greg,
A nice capture of this two spotted lady bird take off collage. Very good details and a lovely composition in each frame with very good timing. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-01 12:32]

Haha! What an excellent series of shots :-))
Great idea to put them all together.
Superb timing to capture the one taking off.

Brilliant work!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-01 23:25]

Hi Grzegorz.
Amazing in every aspect work. Simply brilliant by idea, subject and execution collage. Every shot is simply outstanding. I like great sharpness and fine clean rich colours of the images, impressive POV, terrific timing and sweet BG. Bravo. Refined work. My compliments.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-02 6:07]

Hi Grzegorz,
This is a fantastic presentation showing the stages of flight of this gorgeous Ladybird. Immaculate sharpness and lovely colours to go with superb lighting and exposure handling. This really is a skillful work which is so pleasing for the eyes. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Dear Grzegorz,
It's grand macro shot of this beautiful two-spot ladybird beetle. Excellent POV & sharpness with DOF. TFS.

excellent series of pics ....
superbly crafted!!!


Hola Grzegorz,
Increíble macro que has hecho con el sigma!! La tercera toma me encanta.


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