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Old Nov 15, 2007, 9:47 PM   #1
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I recently re-cropped these two Lady Bug shots and reprocessed them in CS3.
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Old Nov 15, 2007, 9:48 PM   #2
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Lady Bug on a Rose petal.


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Old Nov 16, 2007, 12:43 AM   #3
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Crispy sharp and rich in color and texture. Very pleasant viewing.
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Old Nov 16, 2007, 11:42 PM   #4
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Sure look good to me (certainly better than any ladybug that I've managed to get).
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Old Nov 30, 2007, 12:21 PM   #5
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Nice pictures, Steve.

When I was researching lady beetles for my recently posted series, I found out thatyours is the Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle, introduced into California in the 1960's to control aphids on Almond and Apple trees, as it is an arboreal species and a voracious aphid predator. As its name implies, it is quite variable in color and pattern from individual to individual (but not from photo to photo !!! :G). It was later introduced into the East and Midwest, where it has become a pest, even displacing smaller native species of Lady Beetles (like the one in my series). They hibernate together in odorous masses in buildings,and have even beenknown to bite! Well intentioned introductions done carelessly canfallsubject to the Law of Unintended Consequences, and go awry.

Probably more than you want to know!
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Dumb things done by stupid smart people have wreaked havoc around the world. Cases in point, rabbits in Australia and Killer bees from South America and Zebra mussels in the Great Lakes.
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Old Nov 30, 2007, 7:36 PM   #7
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Thanks Penolta, Hey I am always up for a lesson. Thank for the information... and for reminding me that I did adjust the color in that top shot. :lol: I forgot all about it. I think I was trying to make the beetle less orange without changing the green of the rose leaf. One of my many PS experiments, Good eye.
My daughter and her friend used to catch and bag up lady bugs and then go door to door selling them to people for aphid control. They each made about $10-$15 As I remember. They were both about 8 or 9 years old at the time. I always thought, "Not bad."

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....besides good use of flash and shallow DOF as well

Oh! my daughter is a fan of these bugs, too : )
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