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Old Jul 19, 2010, 4:15 PM   #1
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For obvious reasons the ladybird below is called the Orange Ladybird.

Usually there are 16 creamy white spots. Its rather rare to find (its said to be common, but this is the first I ever saw)
Different from other ladybird this one eats fungus.

My wife found this one on the gardentable, so I moved it to a blue Hortensia and took some shots.

most of the shots are taken at 2:1 macro.(kiron105mm+raynox dcr250 + off camera flash (3) )

#1 full turtle mode


#2 taking a peep under the shield.


#3 that big black thing with the hard light isnít so bad, may time for a walk


#4 hmmm, not scary at all


#5 ready for take off


#6 bye


larger images are here : http://rhermans.smugmug.com/keyword/meeldauwlieveheersbeestje

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Old Jul 19, 2010, 4:49 PM   #2
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Ronny, constantly taking your macro photograpy to a higher level you give us all new insight into a world to small to see with the bare eye. A coloured dot proves to be a complex wonder. I never before saw the shield, or shall we say helmet, this ladybug wears. Thanks for posting and entertaining us so well!

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Hi Ronny,

I'm with Kjell here. Excellent series showing something new and fascinating. I also never knew about the shield/helmet.

#5 is especially cool, IMO -- it shows how the wing is apparently jointed and folds on top of itself when under the shell.

Great timing, and I'm amazed that you could get anything close to in focus on #6, I know I would have just gotten an orange blob. . .

I've played with the Raynox 250 + D FA 100 Macro, and this is a very difficult combo to shoot with, but it seems that you've definitely got a touch with it. . .

Great work!

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Thanks for introducing me to the orange ladybird. I also echo what kjell and Scot have said.

To capture any part of that insect in focus while flying with what you had on for a lens combination was absolutely remarkable.

Kudos to you Ronnie!

Lou

P.S. Putting it on the blue flower was frosting on the cake!
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Old Jul 19, 2010, 10:15 PM   #5
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Ditto for the above - very impressive.

I was going to ask if you put it back where you got it, but then I saw that it took matters into its own hands . . .er . . . wings.
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Awesome pictures! Interesting about the mantle, nice protection for it. Your macros are always so incredible, mind-boggling.
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Old Jul 20, 2010, 4:46 AM   #7
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Thank you all for the great comments
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Lovely series and #5 is just superb - great timing. It is soooo difficult to get ladybirds with their mantles open !
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Thanks FF, i've had a lot of luck with that, or they just don't like me and want to get away from me.


Ps this is the chinese one thats eating all the native ones -
taken before I learned that a flash does wonders for the dof. (27/06/2008)or(06/27/2008) how you want the date written.
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Old Jul 20, 2010, 11:53 AM   #10
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Fantastic set of macros. Like others, I'm blown away by #5. Love the detail, but also the colors.

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