Ladybirds

by Sadhya Rippon March. 29, 2011 5194 views

Coccinella 7-punctata
Approximately 6mms long
Found throughout the U.K.
March to October
Food: Aphids

It is very difficult to tell the males from the females… unless of course you're another ladybird.

In various parts of Britain they have been given other names; in Lancashire they are known as ‘God’s Horses', in Wales they call them the ‘Red Cows of God’, in Lincolnshire they are known as' Lambladies', in Yorkshire they are often called ‘Dowdy Cows’ and in Norfolk they're known as Bishy-Barny-Bees.

In the past people used to eat ladybirds to cure toothache! They believed that the oily yellow fluid in their bodies was a good pain killer!

A warm day in my mum's garden, and suddenly there were Ladybirds everywhere.

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Hanna Westesson 6 years, 6 months ago

I especially like the last with three-in-one :-)

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Andrea 6 years, 6 months ago

Very nice!

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Paula 6 years, 6 months ago

amazing close ups

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Ricardo 6 years, 6 months ago

as the matter the fact the yellow fluid stinks...
and wow! 3 lady birds at once? that is what I call lucky!:)
loved the set ^^ amazing shots ^^
what a nice god thing to know their other names:)

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Mikkal Noptek 6 years, 6 months ago

One ladybird, two ladybirds, three ladybirds, sounds like a nusery rhyme . Beautiful pictures

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
David Cardona 6 years, 6 months ago

Wonderful serie! Nice lighting and colors. Thanks for sharing!

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Darlene Foster 6 years, 6 months ago

Great macros! I never knew they had so many different names. I have heard ladybirds before, but here in the US, we call them ladybugs, as others have said. I think taking the whole bug thing out of the name is a good idea. They seem to love my shasta daisies and so I usually get multiples on that plant and the larva, that are very ugly, but I leave them alone as I know what they will become.

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Lynda 6 years, 6 months ago

Nice macros

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Lannykins 6 years, 6 months ago

wow that is alot, and how beautiful they are!! funny I found one of these little guys in my kitchen then you had a post with them!!

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Marsha 6 years, 6 months ago

Wow, Sadhya....just a beautifully done post!!! Colors pop...and love the composition in #3 and light in #5! Interesting names for this bug....as Ray said, over here we call them ladybugs.

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Riyaz 6 years, 6 months ago

Lovely shots Sadhya! I have not been so lucky so far in my garden.

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Hong S 6 years, 6 months ago

love those ladybirds,,, when was a kid, we were told they are good insects,,, hehehhe. only those with 7 dots are good ones,,,

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jet28 6 years, 6 months ago

Great to see - wonderful set. I love the last one - sort of like ladybird highway :-)

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
William Teh 6 years, 6 months ago

What a beautiful catch you've got there Sadhya!

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Finbarr 6 years, 6 months ago

Brillliant shots Sadhya !!

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Roger 6 years, 6 months ago

Stunning shots Sadhya
informative post

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Ray King 6 years, 6 months ago

Beautiful job. Way better than my recent shots. I was born in Norfolk, Va and we call them Ladybugs!. I rarely see more than one at a time.

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