Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy May Day.

Out for a walk with Thud, I spotted this seven-spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) loitering around on a hedge of common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) that enclosed a newly ploughed field.  One would be forgiven for thinking this a very pastoral, appropriately spring-like image, except for the fact that it was rather chilly on our ramble.  This is spring English-style after all.
The ladybird seems to have an extra half-spot on it's right wing (only I could find an abnormal ladybird to photograph), so it's really a seven-and-a-half-spot ladybird.
Mutant insects and cold spring weather...there's no place like home.

3 comments:

NHwineman said...

V-girl, was this taken on that fancy red 3100, and was it 105MM lens?

About Last Weekend said...

Oh I love this wee creature. I need to get your tips on photography - wow! Funny how they call them ladybugs here

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Yes, the D3100 it was, but just the standard 18-55mm kit lens.

ALW: It was a very red ladybird. I don't know why Americans call them ladybugs when they are not true bugs.