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Lady Bird Beetle


Lady Bird Beetle
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Copyright: Michael Hastriter (devildoc) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 31 W: 13 N: 141] (508)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-03
Categories: Nature, Artwork, Decisive Moment, Macro
Camera: Nikon D90, AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: f/22, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-18 10:16
Viewed: 1237
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Insecta: Coleoptera: Coccinellidae (Lady Bug, Lady Bird Beetle)

I need not say (but I will) how beneficial lady bugs are but they eat enormous quantities of aphids as both the larval stage and the adult stage. The larval stage can be seen crawling over rose bushes and other plants that are subject to aphid infestations. The larvae look like tiny Gila Monsters in shape and coloration (slightly less than a cm long). NEVER kill a lady bug.

When I was a kid, we always sang a little song every time we saw a lady bug:

"Lady bug, lady bug, fly away home. Your house is on fire and children will burn"

I do not know why or from where such a tune came from, but it was part of a childhood memory.

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Hi Michael
A beautiful shot of this ladybug captured with good light and very nice bokeh with lovely cool colors.
Best Wishes
mushtaq

Hi Michael..nice shot...excellent details and focus with a nice soft background. Well done.

Roger

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