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Copyright: Magda Pe (mperla) Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 63 W: 34 N: 48] (513)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, 18-55mm/f3.5-5.6, 10x macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-08-30 11:58
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Coccinellids are brightly coloured to ward away potential predators. This defence works because most predators associate bright colours (especially orange and black or yellow and black) with poison and other unpleasant properties. This phenomenon is called aposematism. In fact, most coccinellids are indeed toxic to smaller predators, such as lizards and small birds; however, a human would have to eat several hundred coccinellids before feeling any effects. Adult coccinellids are able to reflex-bleed from their leg joints, releasing their oily yellow toxin with a strong repellent smell. This becomes quite obvious when one handles a coccinellid roughly.

Most Coccinellids mate in the spring or summer, and the female lays a cluster of eggs (numbering from a few to a few hundred, depending on species) as near as possible to an aphid colony. In most species these eggs hatch into a larval state within a week. This state lasts 10-15 days, and they then go into a pupal stage before becoming an adult coccinellid. The entire life cycle of the Coccinellid is only 4-7 weeks.

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. (Perry & Roitberg, 2005)

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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2006-08-30 12:04]

ciao Magda,
ottima foto macro!
Belli i dettagli e colori stupendi, brava!


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-08-30 12:09]

Hallo Magda,
a super sharp picture of the ladybird. Nice colours and good background to underline the beauty of the beetle.

Hello Magda, nice shot, really really sharp!
Colors, details and BG are great.
Good info note.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2006-08-30 16:26]

bonjour Magda,
superbe composition et maginifique couleurs, rouge, noire et verte.


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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-08-30 17:07]

Perfecta Magda

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-30 17:53]

Hi Magda,

Superb close up shot of the Ladybird, I really like your composition and POV and the detail ans colours are lovely.

TFS Hilary :~)

Very good macro shot. Very sharp details on the bug and on the leaf as well. I like the fact that the there are only 3 colors, makes the bug stand out. :o)

HI Magda,
it's so beautiful and cute, I like the contrast and the wonderful light here so much.
A wonderful arrangement, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-31 21:18]

Hi Magda,
He looks as if he is on a rollercoaster :-) Great detail and colours excellent DOF and a really nice composition, very simple and clean, a lovely shot.

swietna ta biedroneczka :) podoba mi sie kadrowanie tej fotki... to zdjecie mozna wykorzystac np. w roznych projektach, po prawej stronie na rozmytym tle lokujac jakis tekst itp.
pozdrawiam serdecznie :)

It is a beautiful ladybug very creative. marvelous tones. great composition. cong.Best wishes, kona

Bonsoir Magda,
La composition et les couleurs sont très reussis.
La macrophotographie comme ça .... j'aime !

Czesc Magda!
Really nice shot you got here. A red subject against any contrasting color looks always interesting. Especially when, like in this case, there's no other significant elements in the picture that could distract viewer's, attention. Well composed and sharp with spot on focus. Pozdrowienia,

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-03-29 14:33]

very beautiful. I love the curvature of the leaf, the creamy bokeh and the bright red color against the green background. The picture is very sharp and very good composition. You may have oversharpened it just a tad because I can see a start of a white halo around the ladybug.

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