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Lady beetle

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Lady Beetle on Liatris 1320

Still another thing I found on the blazing-star, Liatris mucronata, in the field at the corner of Metric Blvd. and Howard Ln. on October 9 was a lady beetle. Yes, so-called ladybugs aren’t true bugs but are actually beetles.

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I’m out of town for a few days, so please forbear if it takes me a while to answer comments.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 10, 2013 at 6:00 AM

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  1. We have some of those in the house. Boxelder bugs try to get in where it is warm, too.

    Jim in IA

    November 10, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    • And yet I don’t think Liatris House provided much warmth to Mrs. Lady Beetle, though I was warmed to see her.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 11, 2013 at 7:04 AM

  2. A great photo of my favorite insect. And look how reflective the shell is! It looks as though it’s been laquered. Just beautiful.

    shoreacres

    November 10, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    • It does look like lacquer, doesn’t it? I wonder if being so shiny serves any purpose. The shine is such that a photograph almost always includes a “hot spot” somewhere on the lady beetle.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 11, 2013 at 7:06 AM

  3. What a beautiful picture with the ladybug against the purple flower.

    sweetpurerity

    November 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

  4. On dirait un bijou, c’est superbe! chez nous c’est fini elles sont cachées pour l’hiver.

    chatou11

    November 10, 2013 at 12:52 PM

  5. Love that gloss.

    The World Is My Cuttlefish

    November 11, 2013 at 2:21 AM

  6. Lovely Lady Beetle, Steve, and it does look lovely perched on the Liatris.

    Steve Gingold

    November 11, 2013 at 4:50 AM

    • The Liatris has faded since then and turned fluffy, but there are still lady beetles around, given our warm temperatures.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 11, 2013 at 7:17 AM

  7. I like how the beetle intersects with the flower to form an ‘x’ shaped composition. Just the right amount of DOF also.

    M. Firpi

    November 11, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    • I noticed those crossing diagonals, too, and thought about mentioning them, but you’ve saved me the trouble.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 11, 2013 at 10:19 PM


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