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  1. #1
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    Default First bug of the year

    Yay! Spring has sprung - my first beetle photo of the year!

    7 Spot Ladybird - Coccinella septempunctata, the most common of Britain's ladybirds. There was a loveliness of them on a small conifer in our back garden. I think they were feeding on sap from new shoots as I couldn't see any aphids.

    Taken hand-held with my new trusty friend, Olympus TG-6.

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    Default Re: First bug of the year

    Nice. Good shot!

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    Default Re: First bug of the year

    My ignorance of photography knows no bounds, but what I particularly like about this is the way the shell texture of the ladybird is highlighted by the flash.
    I always imagined the shell of the ladybird to be smooth, but that seems not to be the case. I haven't fired a camera in anger since about the age of 9 so my knowledge is not to be trusted, but as a lay-person, I'd say this is very good indeed.
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    Default Re: First bug of the year

    Nice shot,

    We call these ladybugs, this is the first hearing them called Ladybirds.

    Ray

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    Default Re: First bug of the year

    I'd always known them as Ladybirds in Britain. The first time I heard Ladybugs was when I emigrated to Canada.

    Excellent photo Jon.
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    Default Re: First bug of the year

    first class jono - and yes the reflection on the wing 'carapace' is a bonus - no matter how smooth something may appear, if you see things in the right light there are always 'wrinkles'

    unlike you I am no photographer, I snap a lot but quickly for reference most of the time

    this is the best I could do with beatrice before she cooled down and flew off [ bumble bees overheat if they vibrate/buzz their wings for too long, but it's is a useful mechanism in cold weather]

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    Default Re: First bug of the year

    Anyone here knows a way to deter cucumber beetles. My plants were destroyed last spring/summer. I hate them, all they do is eat and have sex. LOL

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    Default Re: First bug of the year

    Quote Originally Posted by handrawn View Post
    first class jono - and yes the reflection on the wing 'carapace' is a bonus - no matter how smooth something may appear, if you see things in the right light there are always 'wrinkles'

    this is the best I could do with beatrice before she cooled down and flew off [ bumble bees overheat if they vibrate/buzz their wings for too long]

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    Ididn't know that, thanks.
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    Default Re: First bug of the year

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonopen View Post
    Yay! Spring has sprung - my first beetle photo of the year!

    7 Spot Ladybird - Coccinella septempunctata, the most common of Britain's ladybirds. There was a loveliness of them on a small conifer in our back garden. I think they were feeding on sap from new shoots as I couldn't see any aphids.

    Taken hand-held with my new trusty friend, Olympus TG-6.

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    I love this shot! Perfectly captured!

    This shot of the ladybugs probably has the best over all result

    Definitely a very good effort!

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    Default Re: First bug of the year

    [QUOTE=handrawn;this is the best I could do with beatrice before she cooled down and flew off [/QUOTE]

    Beatrice! very good, Steve!!
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