Climbing Down

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It would have been nice to catch this convergent ladybug at the top of the flower, and although I tried, it proved impossible. It seemed in a great hurry to get to the bottom of the plant, one wonders why it did not just fly off.

Ladybugs are beetles and like all beetles they have wings hidden under a divided carapace. The numbers of beetles is staggering, one estimate says that one in four animals is a beetle.

It’s hard to hide when you are bright red on a purple plant. The vibrant colors caught my eye, as did the rapid movement of the beetle. It was a great reward for the time I spent on a very humid day with my camera.

8 responses

  1. I found a strange bug while I was photographing and have been looking for information about it. Unfortunately, I have been unsuccessful. You can see my bug here http://bravonatalis.wordpress.com

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    September 17, 2013 at 9:39 am

    • I have no idea, however, if you join Bugguide.net (free) and send them your photo (cropped to just the insect), they may be able to help. Their site makes it fairly easy to search out info on specific creatures. Give it a try. It cannot hurt.

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      September 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm

  2. Nice capture!

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    September 17, 2013 at 9:54 am

  3. I am often puzzled why they walk instead of flying. Those colours are remarkable.

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    September 17, 2013 at 11:25 am

  4. Perhaps more info than this post bargained for, but…reds, yellows, and oranges often signify a warning to predators. Some insects are dangerous or toxic to eat (black widows and monarch butterflies come to mind respectively). Some bugs aren’t really actually toxic, poisonous or venomous but they look like other ones that actually are, to take advantage of that defense; that’s known as Batesian mimicry.

    I’m not really sure if ladybugs have anything behind the coloration. Sometimes I wonder if all these bright colors is just the survival technique of looking pretty. Not a lot of people going out of their way to squash butterflies.

    Regarding the walking around, it could have been searching for food or a place to lay eggs. Typically they like to find aphids which they eat as larvae and adults for either of those objectives. Doesn’t look like a lot of aphids there though; maybe it was just going on a flower tour. 🙂

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    September 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    • Always great to have this kind of detail! Thanks.

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      September 17, 2013 at 4:33 pm

  5. Reblogged this on findingacolorfulworld.

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    September 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm

  6. Renard Moreau

    [ Smiles ] Very impressive! I LOVE the way the ladybug looks walking down that exotic-looking flower!

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    September 17, 2013 at 4:53 pm

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