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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 18-55mm USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Three of A Kind [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-12 13:49
Viewed: 4298
Points: 87
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Hello All

i think the butterfly and insect season is over for this year, it's a while that i have not see any little créature in my environment, so i must search in my archives

this shot is taken last year on a fruit tree from my garden, on the beginning of my great passion for photographie

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Coccinellidae is a family of beetles, known variously as ladybirds (UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa), ladybugs (North America) or lady beetles (preferred by some scientists). Lesser-used names include ladyclock, lady cow, and lady fly.

They are small insects, ranging from 1 mm to 10 mm (0.04 to 0.4 inches), and are commonly yellow, orange, or scarlet with small black spots on their wing covers, with black legs, head and antennae. A very large number of species are mostly or entirely black, grey, or brown and may be difficult for non-entomologists to recognize as coccinellids (and, conversely, there are many small beetles that are easily mistaken as such, like tortoise beetles).

Coccinellids are found worldwide, with over 5,000 species described,[2] more than 450 native to North America alone.
A few species are pests in North America and Europe, but they are generally considered useful insects as many species feed on aphids or scale insects, which are pests in gardens, agricultural fields, orchards, and similar places. The Mall of America, for instance, releases thousands of ladybugs into its indoor park as a natural means of pest control for its gardens.

A common myth is that the number of spots on its back indicates its age. This myth is not true.


Coccinellids are typically predators of Hemiptera such as aphids and scale insects, though conspecific larvae and eggs can also be important resources when alternative prey are scarce. Members of the subfamily Epilachninae are herbivores, and can be very destructive agricultural pests (e.g., the Mexican bean beetle). While predatory species are often used as biological control agents, introduced species of ladybirds (such as Harmonia axyridis or Coccinella septempunctata in North America) outcompete and displace native coccinellids and become pests in their own right.

Coccinellids are often brightly colored to ward away potential predators. This phenomenon is called aposematism and works because predators learn by experience to associate certain prey phenotypes with a bad taste (or worse). Mechanical stimulation (such as by predator attack) causes "reflex bleeding" in both larval and adult ladybird beetles, in which an alkaloid toxin is exuded through the joints of the exoskeleton, deterring feeding. Ladybirds, as well as other Coccinellids are known to spray a toxin that is venomous to certain mammals and other insects when threatened.

Most coccinellids overwinter as adults, aggregating on the south sides of large objects such as trees or houses during the winter months, dispersing in response to increasing day length in the spring.[5] In Harmonia axyridis, eggs hatch in 3–4 days from clutches numbering from a few to several dozen. Depending on resource availability, the larvae pass through four instars over 10–14 days, after which pupation occurs. After a teneral period of several days, the adults become reproductively active and are able to reproduce again, although they may become reproductively quiescent if eclosing late in the season.
It is thought that certain species of Coccinellids lay extra infertile eggs with the fertile eggs. These appear to provide a backup food source for the larvae when they hatch. The ratio of infertile to fertile eggs increases with scarcity of food at the time of egg laying.


Most coccinellids are beneficial to gardeners in general, as they feed on aphids, scale insects, mealybugs, and mites throughout the year. As in many insects, ladybugs in temperate regions enter diapause during the winter, so they often are among the first insects to appear in the spring. Some species (e.g., Hippodamia convergens) gather into groups and move to higher land, such as a mountains, to enter diapause. Predatory ladybugs are usually found on plants where aphids or scale insects are, and they lay their eggs near their prey, to increase the likelihood the larvae will find the prey easily. Ladybugs are cosmopolitan in distribution, as are their prey.

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hello Jacqueline
very nice macro shot of trio of beautiful ladybug. focus, POV, exposure and colors superb.nicely composed. thanks for sharing. best wishes

hello Jacqueline!
a good exploration between the leaves,where these little ladybug are having fun..nice chromatism and details

have a good night sERGIO

Bonjour Jacqueline,

Great capture of the lovely ladybugs :)
The sharpness is perfect with great focus on the subject(s). The colors are very well shown and the DOF is very well maintained.
I like the great contrast between the colors of the ladybug and the green leaves.
very well done!


Hello Jacqueline,
a superb macro shot, marvellous colours, i like this composition: simply wonderful.
Best regards

Hello Jacqueline,
Tu es parvenu à recueillir un moment exceptionnel de la biologie de de ceux-ci bonites et bénéfiques insectes. Une bonne composition et bon coloration.
TFS. Amtiés.

Ciao Jaqueline. Great colours, good DOF. Three subjects for a nice compo. Well done.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-10-12 14:58]

Slav Jacqûelîne,
Very nice macro shot of these ladybugs with excellent shaarpness and great POV.Nice colors and well composed.TFS.
Have a nice night

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-12 15:15]

Salut Jacqueline,une composition tres tres agreable,sur la plante de la Salvia aromatique! Parfaite nettete' et contrast parmi les rouges et le verts,mes compliments et bon Mardi,LUCIANO

bonjour Jacqueline

une excellente photo de ces coccinelles,
prise par un excellent POV à leurs niveau,
superbe focus sur tout l'avant-plan avec
excellente netteté et détails, jolie luminosité,



Hello Jacqueline,

A great macro with lovely bright colors, sharpness & details. Very nice POV & BG.

Beautifully done & composed.

Tres beau et merci beaucoup.


hello Jacqueline
distinguishes the opposition of colours,richly red with the soft green and the background, the moment is exceptional, perhaps and little funny because difference of size…, very beautiful composition and photo output!
TFS thanks for sharing

Hello Jacqueline,

A fun situation!
Two is company, three is a crowd...
The moment is well captured with good details!

Pablo -

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-10-12 22:45]

Hi Jacqueline,
I like the trxture of the leaves very much. Very lovely and pleasant. The bugs also give a nice contrasting colours. I love seeing them on both sides of the shot giving a nice balance.


The capture whit ladybug is most wonderful !
I like the colors and the details.

Hello Jacqueline. Stunning and lovely close-up shot of these ladybugs, two in copulation, with nice composition and details.
TFS and regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-13 1:20]

Hello Jacqueline,
a great macro shot for ladybirds beetles. Nicely composed. Sharp details, lighting very nice. The POV and contrast against the leaf is great and so is the focusing.
Best regards Siggi

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-10-13 2:05]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Very nice composition ...
Excellent color and detail.
Best wishes,

Ciao Jacqueline, lovely composition with beautiful trio of ladybug, two in great mainting action and one observing, you are a fantastic paparazzi, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-13 3:58]
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Hello Jacqueline,
A fine capture of two species of Ladybird.
The two larger are of course the common Coccinella septempunctata and the small one Adalia bipunctata. Amazing that it looks like it is attempting to mate with its larger relative!
The composition, contrast with the leafy BG and clarity are excellent.
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Jacqueline
Delightful macro capture of these ladybugs with nice details, POV and composition..
thanks for sharing
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-13 4:35]
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Bonjour Jacqueline,
Comme toi nous serons bientôt obligés de fouiller dans nos archives..cette image est tout à fait charmante et nous montre de belles coccinelles de chez nous. Deux espèces me semble-t-il! Très joli comme elles se répartissent sur les feuilles fraîches. La semaine dernière nous avons eu une invasion de coccinelles dans notre maison, il y en avait partout. J'ai dû constater qu'elles étaient toutes de l'espèce asiatique..cela fait réfléchir.
Une belle semaine

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-13 4:43]

Hello Jacqueline,
Very nice photo of these ladybugs. Good sharpness and details, POV, beautiful natural colours and a pleasant composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-10-13 5:58]

Hi Jacqueline,
Wonderful macro shot with such lovely colours and sharpness. The details on the leaves are fantastic and the ladybugs add fine contrastic colours. Excellent POV and DOF and a fine composition. Kudos.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-10-13 9:31]
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Hello Jacqueline, splendid and great shot of these pretty ladybugs with good details and beautiful colours.
TFS and G's,

Hi MF Jacqueline!

A stunning macro of these pretty ladybugs on leafs from excellent POV with great DOF, neat details and delightful composition.
TFS and Have a nice night MF!


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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2009-10-13 17:14]

Hi Jacqueline
A fine capture of the Ladybugs...*I think one is not a lady ;-)...*
Great DOF and color...TFS

Hello Jaqueline,

a very nice presentation from this ladybirds.
Good pov, details and sharpness.
Fine ccolours.


hello Jacqueline
very nice picture
with good light and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Bonjour Jacqueline

Pour les amateurs d'insectes, en effet, la fin de la saison approche. Pour les amoureux de la neige et de la glace, les bons jours s'approchent...

J'aime beaucoup cette image douce et simple. Elle est tendre, et les couleurs pastels soulignent cet effet. Bientôt, les coccinelles se retirent en montagne pour passer l'hiver...



Hello Jacqueline.
Beautiful picture and nice framed... Very good composition and sharpness and detail perfect...

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-15 12:31]

Hi Jacqueline . It seems to have been a good year for the Lady bird this year we have had many in the garden. You have taken a very clear picture of the three. With bright colours and fine detail. Well taken TFS.

Bonito conjunto Jacqueline y difícil además de obtener. Bella combinación de colores. Lástima del enfoque de la parte izquierda.
Un saludo y gracias por tus siempre amables comentarios: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Jacqueline,
Wonderful to have 3 Ladybirds in one scene. This is a colorful and well composed picture. TFS,

Hi, I like your composition here very much, but the ladybugs are out of focus I think.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-10-22 9:52]

Hi Jacqueline.
I like pictured scene a lot. Leaves create a fine composition and cute ladybirds on them are looked amazingly. Perfect details and sharpness of the leaf and insect images. Smooth BG is also attractive. Nice picture. My best regards.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-02 8:29]

Hello Jacqueline,
What a lovely view of these Ladybirds all sharply in focus. A beautiful composition in beautiful colours too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Lovely piece of work.
Superb control of focusing & exposure; hence, EXCELLENT clarity.
Loved your notes too.
Greetings from Canada,

Hi Jacqueline, This is one of my favorite wild-life they are supposedly good at eating aphids, so reduce chemical usage. Very good macro and the clarity and colour are 100% TFS, Murray.

Everything's better in threes :)
Interesting macro with good colors & some nice details.
Well done & have a good week!

Bonjour Jacqueline,

Les feuilles cadrent bien les insectes. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs des coccinelles. L'image est claire et nette. L'intensité de la lumière met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


Hello Jacqueline! Amazing scene, wonderful pair with child, very funny family snapshot, nice light and colours, good sharpness. Original shot. Well done!

Bonsoir Jacqueline.

Félicitations pour cette brillante réalisation, pleine de vie. Belle composition, excellente netteté, belles couleurs et bonne profondeur de champ ; contrastes et saturation des couleurs parfaites.

Merci de nous offrir cette photographie, accompagnée d'une note si bien documentée.

A bientôt.


Hallo Jacqueline
Two for the price of one, and what a delight to look at them both. Your picture is very nicely taken, well sharpened and the colours are very vivid, especially of the lady bug closest to the right hand frame. I like the angle that you kept here. The texture, colour and shape of the leaves they are resting on are really fascinating. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards and have a lovely day.
Ps. I hope we see a new posting from you soon.

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Fantastic composition with main and complementer theme on the pic (= placing of the insects was superb), nice warm color tones and great contrast. A pity the sharpness isn't on the top, You should have focused on to the closest bug - otherwise an excellent shot (would have been).
Friendly regards, László

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-04-13 13:12]

Bonjour Jacqueline! Quelle superbe composition et quelles belles couleurs vives. Une excellente image! Bravo!


Allo Jacqueline

J'aime bien la composition.
La position des coccinelles à gauche et à droite font comme un effet mirroir et c'est très différent.

L'arrière plan aux tons vert pale, est parfait pour rehausser la couleur de tes petits sujets.

Un très beau travail, félicitations.


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