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22 spot ladybird

22 spot ladybird
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Copyright: clint newsham (clint) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 39 W: 0 N: 237] (1371)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D, Sigma 105 F2.8 Macro.
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-12 17:35
Viewed: 3428
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 21
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There are some non-predatory ladybirds, like the yellow and black 22-spot ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata), which eat the mildews and other microscopic fungi that grow on plant tissues and thus may help reduce the incidence of certain fungal diseases in plants.

Apart from these largely beneficial species, there are a few herbivorous ladybirds which feed exclusively on the leaves and shoots of plants. These all belong to a separate sub-family called Epilachninae and some members of this group found in Europe and North America can be very destructive to the foliage of potatoes, cucumbers and other crops.

The bright colouring of ladybirds - generally red or yellow with black spots - is thought to have a defensive function, by warning would be predators, like insectivorous birds, that the beetles are distasteful. When disturbed or handled most ladybirds discharge drops of a bitter, pungent fluid from leg joints and other parts of the body - a habit known as 'reflex-bleeding'. This fluid is usually yellow or amber-coloured and will stain unwary hands, tainting the skin with a long-lasting smell - so beware and don't touch!

last of the shots of insects on curly plants. im glad you liked them.
i hope to catch some more when the weather warms up.

erika_hersh, lgfoto, Necipp, taba, TAZ, uleko, ramthakur, sily, yllen has marked this note useful
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Verry nice shot of this lady bug. do you stick them on this round thing. just joking verry nice and sharp love the back drop

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-01-12 17:50]

This is great composition Clint. Very pure and and clean.Congratulation. TFS

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-01-12 18:29]

hi Clint
very educative note !

I liked the the capture you got to this yellow ladybug...
Great colours and DOF and POV.
fantastic sharpness on the object..
well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-13 1:19]

Hello Clint,
You are the master for ladybirds ;-) This new macro is also amazing !
The "+++" : subject, point of view, composition, curly plant, sharpness, DOF, blurred background, colors, note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

The noise reducer didn't work well in this pic... there's a lot of softness on the edge of the lady and all around the grass.

The compopsition is really good as well as the colors, light and BG.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-13 4:06]

Hello Clint,
Wonderful composition in beautiful lighting. Nice colours but I wonder if you've used the clone tool too quickly as the top of the ladybird seems to be blurred with green and at the lower edge right I can see some "clone-like" marks?
TFS and regards, ULlla

nice work Clint you got a good clean background that contrasts nicely, with fine detail of the ladybird and well composed with the plant nice series. TFS rgds Necip.

Just can't stop admiring your highly artistic compositions, Clint.
This is yet another beauty from you.

Hi Clint,

Thanks for the kind and gracious critique on my last picture. Iĺm glad you liked it.

This is a very good composition. I really like this picture.

Well done and TFS.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-01-13 21:03]

Hi Clint!
Great composition, nice contrast colours and POV, very good details, perfect shot I guess, but postwork is too visible it makes details blury!

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-01-23 20:44]

Hola Clint:
Verdaderamente una gran captura y una hermosa composici˛n, muy artýstica y delicada, con bellos y suaves colores y una profundidad, iluminaci˛n y fondo muy apropiados.
Cordiales saludos de

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