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:

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

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  2. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  9. 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.

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  10. 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.

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

    Have a great weekend.

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  12. 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

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  13. 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.

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

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

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

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  17. A beauty Denise... always lovely to see.

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

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

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  20. 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!

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

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

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