Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ladybugs in Macro: "Life of the Lady"

Ladybug, ladybird, Lady beetle, Kepik, Coccinellidae

The Coccinellidae are a family of small beetles, ranging from 1 to 10 mm (0.04 to 0.4 inches). They are commonly yellow, orange, or scarlet with small black spots on their wing covers, with black legs, heads and antennae. Such colour patterns vary greatly, however; for example, a minority of species, such as Vibidia duodecimguttata, a twelve-spotted species, have whitish spots on a brown background. Coccinellids are found worldwide, with over 5,000 species described,[3] more than 450 native to North America alone. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladybug)

Mating Ladybugs
The bigger one (below) is the female and the smaller one (above) is the male ladybug.
Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.

Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.

Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.

Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.

Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.

Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.

Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.

Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.

Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.

Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.

Shell pattern: pale orange with black spots.

Shell pattern: pale orange with black spots.

Shell pattern: dark yellow with black spots.

Shell pattern: dark red with black spots.

Shell pattern: solid black with dark-red spots.

"The Acrobatic Lady"
Shell pattern: solid black with dark-red spots.

Do you know, that underneath their "turtle" hard-shell, the ladybugs have wings? The wings are transparent and look like dragonfly's wings. 
Shell pattern: dark red with black ripples.

"Straighten Stiff Wings"
Shell pattern: dark red with black ripples.

Shell pattern: dark orange with black ripples.

"In the Early Morning Sun"
Shell pattern: light orange with black ripples.

Shell pattern: light orange with black ripples.

"Morning After the Rain"
Shell pattern: light yellow with black ripples.

Shell pattern: light yellow with black ripples.

Shell pattern: light yellow with black ripples.

Shell pattern: light yellow with black ripples.

Shell pattern: light yellow with black ripples.

Shell pattern: light yellow with black ripples.

All those unfamiliar ladybug's shell patterns really amaze me. 
But then I found something even more unique: 
light orange ladybug with small dots.

Shell pattern: light orange ladybug with small dots.

That was the light orange. Here is the dark orange with a bit bigger black spots.

Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.

 Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.


 Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.


Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.

Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.

Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.

Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.

Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.

Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.

Shell pattern: dark orange with black spots.

The amazement has not stop yet, even more and more interesting:
dark orange ladybug with small dots and light orange halo around those dots.

And then, Allahu Akbar... This unique diversity continues:
Shell pattern: spotless reddish-orange ladybug.

Shell pattern: spotless reddish-orange ladybug.

Shell pattern: spotless reddish-orange ladybug.

 Shell pattern: spotless dark orange ladybug.

 And just when I thought I've found the most unique pattern, 
here comes the ultimate one:
solid black spotless ladybug

Shell pattern: solid black spotless ladybug

And those pretty Lady, was once this creepy monster.
This, Ladies and Gentlemen, is a ladybug's Larva!


"Curves Around"

And this is the cocoon. Yes, they do metamorphosed, just like butterflies.

"Fasting"

bright orange cocoon

bright orange cocoon

spotted cocoon

spotted cocoon

spotted cocoon

spotless cocoon


"Ready to Hatch"

"Struggle Finding a Way Out"

"Hungry"
Notice, that the shell is not shiny yet?

Now the shell is shiny.


Opening the stiff wings.

"The Next Morning"
The shell color changes from orange to black.

"Roaming the Beautiful World"

Another cocoon, ready to hatch.






"Leaving the Past"

Here's the hungry new "born," busy eating it's leftover cocoon.

Several hours after hatched, still spotless.

And in the next day... Voila... it's spotted!
This is the 2nd day age "toddler" near it's now-empty-cocoon.

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