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|This time non 7-spotted Ladybugs but something different. Looks like 5-spotted Ladybug, rather rare insect in my neighbourhood. |
More info from web:
Lady birds (or Lady Beetles, sometimes even called Lady Bugs) are beetles that are very easy to identify: small, round bodies and usually red with black spots or the other way around. Perhaps they are the insects most people like best. Who hasn't been playing with these creatures being a child? Just put one on your hand, point upwards and the little creature, trying to find the highest point, will be running to the top of your vinger, where it will expose its wings and fly off. Probably they have always been populair in Europe, for there is a Christian touch to their names in other languages as well: lieveheersbeestje (good lord beetle) in Dutch and Marienkäfer (Maria beetle) in German. There are many more species in this family than most people realize. Most species can be identified by counting the dots on the shields. Those dots do not tell you what age the animal is (usually they live for just one year or shorter), but are good clues for naming the species. However one should be very careful, for there are a few species which are extremely variable. One of the most common species, the Two-spotted Lady Beetle, for instance is red with two black dots in its typical outfit. But some have more than just two black dots and the black dots can even be connecting, thus looking like dark stripes, hooks or lines. On the other hand the basic color may be black in stead of red. Some have two black dots on the red shields, but others might have four or even six black dots! Ladybirds all have colors to warn off predators. Colors like combinations of red and black or yellow and black are typical warning colors, just like in let's say wasps. And it works, for you will never see a bird eating a Ladybeetle, for they have a very bad taste and are slightly poisonous. When threatened many species will produce a drop of a smelly, yellowish and extremely untasty liquid, usually enough to scare away the attacker. We have divided the Ladybugs into three groups: first a very useful group, especially in ones garden: species eating aphids (plant-lice). These species are always red with black dots or the other way around. The second group consists of fungus eaters. These species are usually yellow or orange with black or white dots. Some species are harmful in the garden, especially those eating mildew. Parts of the fungus or the spores attach themselves to the feet of the beetle. When it flies off to another plant the parts or spores will be released. This way the beetles are unwillingly spreading the mildew around all over the garden. The third group is very small and consists of vegetarians.
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An fascinating post Grzegorz.Some very interesting information.Well done.
(Its very kind of the big one to give the little one a nice ride).
- [2004-11-18 7:16]
Excelente captura Grzegorz... oportuno disparo con agradable POV y excelente efecto de luz.
Buena agudeza con un cuadro un tanto grande, pero inevitable para mostrar insectos tan pequeños.
Excellent capture Grzegorz... opportune shot with pleasant POV and excellent effect of light.
Good sharpness with a somewhat big, but inevitable picture to show so small insects.
Grzegorz, Fun title! Great shot of these love-makers so small. Extensive & informative note. My only critique would be to say that some fill flash might've helped to illuminate the lady on the receiving end a bit better! Thanx!
- [2004-11-18 14:59]
Hi Grzegorz, very nice shot although I think you may be putting him off :-) Great capture. I like Howard's suggestion of a bit of fill flash. Well done.
Or flash as sugested, or at least spot metering in the shadows. Nice composition and subjects, and note too.
Such a nice moment you captured of this rare species. Nice composition and a super write up. Well done.
- [2004-11-19 23:45]
The moral values in nature are all screwed up :) Very well captured and exposed. Together they make a big shadow.
Thanks for posting
- [2005-05-07 0:27]
Grzegorz, a very nice title.
A great moment, a great capture. Vivid colors, nice composition and excellent sharpness.