Thursday, 22 October 2009

Ladybird on a Nettle Leaf

photo of ladybird on nettles, coccinella 7-punctata

16 comments:

John | English Wilderness said...

I spotted this ladybird enclosed in a dead nettle leaf. They hibernate from October. Maybe this one is hibernating?

Ann said...

Very cool shot. it almost looks like it's plastic. How nice of her to pose so wonderfully for you

Dorothy L said...

That is just too cool.
Very nice photo...

Thanks :)

Sharkbytes said...

Nifty- so intimate and the color contrast is just awesome.

Angel said...

Your photographs are so amazingly detailed. I love visiting your blog, and just wanted to finally stop by and let you know:)

Ratty said...

I haven't seen any of these since last summer. There didn't seem to be as many here this year.

Daisy said...

What a beautiful contrast of the shiny red shell and the rough brown leaf.

Junk Drawer Kathy said...

In just the last few days, we've seen swarms of these. If it were any other bug, we'd all be freaked out, but since they're so pretty, we ooo and ahhh over them!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

I just love ladybugs though rarely see them so this is a real treat. What a fantastic closeup.

Emm said...

Is the proper name of a ladybird Coccinella 7-punctata??? Oh! For a second there I thought that was where the food colourant comes from but I am mistaken, that is from the cochineal beetle. I'm allergic to cochineal.

Fabulous shot!

The Accessory Lady said...

Wonderful detail on this photo. So whimsical! :-)

Amy said...

awesome! very pretty!

Mom said...

Beautiful. We love catching ladybugs and playing with them.

Theresa said...

What a lovely photo!

Sahara said...

Fantastic! I love the spot pattern. :)

John | English Wilderness said...

Thanks for a fantastic response :-) The scientific name for this one is Coccinella 7-punctata, a 7 spot ladybird. There are a couple of others native to the U.K. and an invading species.

The other two natives are a yellow/black 14 spot ladybird and a red/black eyed ladybird whose spots are surrounded by a pale ring.

These were everywhere during August, but have all but disappeared now.

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