Ladybug or Ladybirds

Ladybirds

At my neighbor’s garden armed with my camera with a macro lens trying my luck to see what I can  get in the garden.  I am lucky to catch a pair of 2 spotted ladybirds mating.  It is an amazing experience to see such a beautiful sight.  It bought me down to earth that Mother’s Nature are so amazing  and if you have the time to spare and enjoy this beautiful nature.

 

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Source from National Geographic

Many people are fond of ladybugs because of their colorful, spotted appearance. But farmers love them for their appetite. Most ladybugs voraciously consume plant-eating insects, such as aphids, and in doing so they help to protect crops. Ladybugs lay hundreds of eggs in the colonies of aphids and other plant-eating pests. When they hatch, the ladybug larvae immediately begin to feed.

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Ladybugs are also called lady beetles or, in Europe, ladybird beetles. There are about 5,000 different species of these insects, and not all of them have the same appetites. A few ladybugs prey not on plant-eaters but on plants. The Mexican bean beetle and the squash beetle are destructive pests that prey upon the crops mentioned in their names.

Ladybugs appear as half-spheres, tiny, spotted, round or oval-shaped domes. They have short legs and antennae.

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Their distinctive spots and attractive colors are meant to make them unappealing to predators. Ladybugs can secrete a fluid from joints in their legs which gives them a foul taste. Their coloring is likely a reminder to any animals that have tried to eat their kind before: “I taste awful.” A threatened ladybug may both play dead and secrete the unappetizing substance to protect itself.

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Nature life is full of surprise and arm with the camera I am not sure what I will see or photo when I out in the garden, woodland or rolling fields.

 

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