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|
|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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