Saturday, August 27, 2011

Celia's Ladybird

Every now and again I like to share photos that family and friends have sent me. I have a whole pile of them which I am slowly going through and organizing into folders, so it takes me a while to get them on here. However, today I received this one from my in-laws. Celia took this photo. You can find out all about ladybirds at a question and answer site right here.

This one looks like a Coccinella septempunctata, a seven-spotted lady beetle, and is a medium-sized orange beetle with seven black spots. It is a European species that was introduced into the US to aid managing some aphid pests. Again I am no expert so if any of you more knowledgeable bug people out there think I have incorrectly identified it, then please let me know and I will amend accordingly.

There is also an environmental article on orange ladybugs if you click here.

23 comments:

The Elephant's Child said...

Love it. Ladybirds have so much charm. And are very useful aphid eaters as well. Thanks.

gigihawaii said...

There are 2 ladybug books that my 18 month old grandson loves. These books are beautifully illustrated and also have cute rhymes. Great to read aloud!

diane b said...

They are the nicest insect around. I too have read many interesting children's books about lady beetles.
Keep safe on Saturday.

Craig said...

One of natures prettiest, most gentle, and most helpful creatures!

Janet said...

Brings to mind the poem tinker -tailor..... as children we would always count the spots to see who we would marry !

Valerie said...

Janet revived a memory! I've always been fond of ladybirds. Oh and the picture is great, Celia is obviously a good photographer.

Sunray Gardens said...

One of the few bugs I can tolerate landing on me. :)
Cher Sunray Gardens

Charlene: the Polarblogger said...

I also enjoy watching such lovely little bugs in action. Nice capture here!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Like the Starling, the orange ladybugs are usually up to no good. I don't cottle them because I prefer those with 5 to 7 black spots. Though I don't kill any of them. They collect in my shop by the thousands and live through the winter or hibernate there. I let them out by collecting them in a dust pan and flipping them out of doors.

Margaret Cloud said...

They are so pretty and this is a good picture. I use to have a lot of them but the last couple years I have only seen a few. Before we tore down the old sunporch and built the new, inside the old one I would have a few hundred and I would catch them all and put them outside. Thanks for the link.

eden said...

Very nice capture of the ladybug. I have a few in my garden but haven't seen that kind.

Have a great weekend.

Gill - That British Woman said...

we are overrun each year with those bloody orange/asian ladybugs, they are annoying and get in the house.

I don't remember seeing a "real" ladybug in a long time.

Gill

Sharon said...

To be honest, I can't tell one ladybug from another. That is a real nice picture! The ones here, get in the house and I have them year round.

imac said...

Nice one Denise

Out on the prairie said...

We used to catch them as children and assume their spots came with age, perhaps in days.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

I think ladybirds are my favourite of beetles. My youngest grandson loves them too. A x

Mama-Bug said...

I've always adored ladybugs! The link had some great info on them.

Andrew said...

A beauty Denise... always lovely to see.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

These are the good insects to have in our gardens cause they keep out some of the bad ones.

Debbie said...

we are overcome with ladybugs here in the fall. i love when they land on me, i make a wish & blow them away!!!

Lui said...

Cute but do they bite?
Your spaghetti dish look so yummy. I always love pasta dishes and I will eat one that's hot.

Hmmm, and walking in the rain. Denise, you are mad indeed. ;-) Much like me. I walked in the rain yesterday (well, it was a drizzle) and the storm was far from us but left wind and rains all day!

Spiderdama said...

It is so sweet, but it is unfortunately not as often as I see it anymore.
Happy Sunday!

Misty Dawn said...

LOVE ladybugs. You know they're supposed to be good luck?