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Lady beetle

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And on some of the sunflowers in the prairie colony I visited two days ago I found several lady beetles, also known as ladybugs (though they aren’t true bugs) or ladybirds (which, though they can fly, surely aren’t birds). I took the picture at 1/500 of a second, but the beetle’s mouth parts were still moving quickly enough that they appear slightly blurred in the photograph (as you may be able to see in the larger view).

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 12, 2011 at 9:31 AM

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  1. Beautiful photo. I mistakenly ended up on your other blog first and got scared by the spider.


    June 12, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    • Thanks. I’m glad you enjoy the photo of the lady beetle. As for spiders, you anticipate me. I have an entry with a picture of a predatory spider on a sunflower set for posting in this blog tomorrow (you can close your eyes).


      June 12, 2011 at 2:24 PM

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  4. Nice shot- not always easy to get these pictures I know 🙂

    Watching Seasons

    June 14, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    • Thanks. I took a bunch of pictures of the lady beetle. This is one of the ones that turned out well; many didn’t because the beetle was in almost constant motion.


      June 14, 2011 at 1:09 PM

  5. Nice composition and light.


    June 16, 2011 at 2:21 AM

    • Thanks. I see that you’ve been delving into macro photography yourself, particularly with insects and spiders. I encourage readers (viewers) to have a look.


      June 16, 2011 at 6:19 AM

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