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As I mentioned yesterday, there was this funny little furry ladybird pottering about with the ants on our Rock Rose. Keith kindly identified it for me as a 24 Spotted Subcoccinella Vigintiquattuorpunctata - what a mouthfull!

EDIT: see below, thanks to Ade I now believe (with him) that this is a Varied Carpet Beetle (anthrenus verbasci)

This ant found the same when it attacked it. After a short time it decided it was getting nowhere and left it alone.

The ladybird then unwrapped its legs and mouth parts and carried on as if nothing had happened (a shot of this is in the mods section)

Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:Tamron sp90 macro f2.8 + Tamron 1.4x TC Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:ISO 200 for 1/200th sec with f16, ringflashed with manual exposure and focus
Title:Ant Attacking Ladybird
Username:brian1208 brian1208
Uploaded:12 Jun 2006 - 2:42 AM
Tags:Aggression, Ant, Anthrenus verbasci, Ants, Behaviour, Close-up / macro, Flash / lighting, Formica rufa, Natural history, Rock rose, Varied carpet beetle, Wildlife / nature, Wood ants
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DeanH
DeanH  945 forum posts1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2006 - 2:56 AM

great macro shot. Love the fact that you have added the full latin name to the tags lol just in case someone punches it in i suppose :o)

Dean

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2006 - 2:56 AM

Not so sure of the ID of the ladybird Brian, to my mind it looks more like a Varied Carpet Beetle, but as you know I've proved to be wrong on more than one occasion! :-(
Makes a good macro shot either way.....

Ade

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110590 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2006 - 3:01 AM

Thanks Dean and Ade.

Dean - if we are to get the best use out of the Tagging system I think its important to use full keywords. Anyone searching for something like this is likely to start with the "proper" name.

Ade - you really need to see it from several angles - its definitely a small ladybird, which is what confused me to start with as I'd never seen a furry one before

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2006 - 3:03 AM

Hmmm....Your probably right Brian....

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110590 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2006 - 3:11 AM

I've uploaded a top view Ade

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2006 - 3:36 AM

Bri....I've PM'ed you!

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110590 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2006 - 3:59 AM

Thanks Ade - having looked at both I now believe you are right, but what's one of them doing on me flowers? Smile

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2006 - 5:03 AM

No idea mate, I must admit it was the only thing that was making me a little unsure about it.....It's this so say global warming I reckon, nature seems to be doing all kinds of weird and wonderful things at the moment.

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12 Jun 2006 - 11:30 AM

Love shots like this! Loads of interest and detailed to boot! As well as more interest in the mods. Thanks!

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