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Ladybug

March 24, 2011

Spring has really started over here, some flowers are already blooming and insects are starting to appear. In fact, a few days ago this small ladybug somehow found its way inside.

Ladybug is one of the most common names for the coccinellidae beetle family but they can also be called ladybirds or ladybird beetles. Many gardeners see them as useful beetles for most feed on small pests that reside on plants.

A ladybug, a leaf and a lenscap

Surprisingly calm, this particular ladybug didn’t mind crawling onto a piece of white paper where it sat quite docile without scurrying off, enabling me to take some photos with the macro lens.

To add some sense of scale, what you see in the top right is actually the side of the Canon macro lens cap.

Coccinellidae

Must admit did tweak the red of its wing covers a bit to brighten and liven it up as this was a more darker coloured coccinellidae.

For another impression of its minute size, that’s the tip of my index finger you see in the frame together with the beetle.

Ladybug vs finger

Somehow the ladybug found my finger a rather intriguing surface to venture on!

It quickly crawled from the paper onto my fingertip where it held on tight, the hooks on its legs ideal to latch on the friction ridges of the skin.

Ladybug holding on tight

After having made as many photos as possible and the ladybug getting fidgety I decided to release it outside where it quickly flew away back into the wild.

You can see more of my insect photography on Flickr.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2011 8:48 pm

    I love it when you take pictures of bugs. They’re so grotesque yet so pretty.

  2. March 28, 2011 9:04 pm

    @Yi
    Thanks. It’s amazing to see such details that the naked eye doesn’t pick upon.

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