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Henosepilachna argus is the larva of the gourd ladybird (see V.3). This species of ladybird spends its entire life on the squirting cucumber plant (ecballium elaterium) (see V.4). The adult ladybird lays her eggs on the underside of the leaf of the ecballium and there the larvae hatch, and never leave the plant.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Henosepilachna argus
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:7 Jan 2013 - 6:22 AM
Tags:Close-up, Close-up / macro, Flower, Flowers & plants, General, Ladybird, Macro, Nature, Wildlfe, Wildlife / nature
Votes:78
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
7 Jan 2013 - 6:34 AM

Now this is a great biology lesson thankyou Carol !! I enjoyed the journey - photographic as well as the narrative Smile I suppose the ladybug never sees the sun that is why it is so void of colour Smile

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ugly
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7 Jan 2013 - 6:40 AM

V2 for me today...
Just that bit of work has help make the image pop...
Very nice work...

Dave

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bobsblues
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7 Jan 2013 - 6:46 AM

Lovely macro's Carol full of deatil nice work.
Rob

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KarenFB
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7 Jan 2013 - 7:06 AM

A brilliant study of the ladybird - it's brilliant to see both young and adult (with the added bonus of seeing the plant too!). Smile

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2013 - 7:22 AM

brilliant detailed set carol v1 and i keep going back to v4 today two belters nice ones Wink
andy

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SUE118
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7 Jan 2013 - 7:33 AM

What a beautiful Ladybird baby and don't mention cucumber it's Bertie's fav.

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WhiteRose1
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7 Jan 2013 - 7:53 AM

An excellent storyboard, Carol. Lovely presentation of v1 and I like the spiky nature of the plant complimenting the larva.

Dave

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marktc
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7 Jan 2013 - 7:54 AM

Excellent work again Carol, v1 is just amazing... A super narrative too, thank you!

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CaroleS
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7 Jan 2013 - 8:08 AM

Well documented Carol - new to meSmile
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mrswoolybill
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7 Jan 2013 - 8:08 AM

Extraordinary, I wonder how its friends know which end to talk to?
Moira

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2013 - 8:16 AM

Fantastic and great set of images,All very beautiful indeed,very well done,
saeid

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rontear
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7 Jan 2013 - 8:19 AM

You certainly know your stuff Carol, and find your subjects to.
Ron.

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Growmore
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7 Jan 2013 - 8:31 AM

Dam good and stunning macros here Carol, great compositions detail and colours.
Gary

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fentiger
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7 Jan 2013 - 8:36 AM

Difficult to pick the best from this fine bunch.

Albert

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barbarahirst
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7 Jan 2013 - 8:39 AM

isnt he pretty ...

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2013 - 8:51 AM

A fascinating and well taken set of images Carol and thanks for the write up too. Poor thing, he leads such a sheltered life....Smile
Ann

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Lillian
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7 Jan 2013 - 9:18 AM

Great set Carol and SO detailed what a shot V4 is though
am voting for all though, and amazing images
Lillian

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Badgerfred
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7 Jan 2013 - 9:32 AM

Super macro's Carol, great detail in all,
Fred.

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lonely_oryx
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7 Jan 2013 - 10:01 AM

v4 is as fascinating as it is beautiful

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digital_boi
7 Jan 2013 - 10:17 AM

excellently detailed set Carol up there with your finest

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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Paul_cats
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7 Jan 2013 - 10:43 AM

Great macro work as always. V1 for me.
Paul

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Brian65
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7 Jan 2013 - 10:49 AM

4 Crackers Carol, love V1 superb!!
Brian

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Gerryrys
Gerryrys  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2013 - 10:51 AM

Excellent images and educational as ever Carol. Smile

Gerry

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TonyDy
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7 Jan 2013 - 10:58 AM

Great set, Carol - a new one on me!
Tony

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leontari
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7 Jan 2013 - 11:08 AM

A fantastic work again Carol as well a lesson of biologySmileSmile V2 for me today
Effrossini

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2013 - 11:24 AM

Fascinating set. V4 is, well probably no surprise to you Carol, my favourite. Still trying to get my tongue around the name of these wee Ladybirds and their larvae! Tongue

Ann

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achieverswales
7 Jan 2013 - 11:26 AM

Your macro photography and write up again first class Carol, V1 for me but only just as all excellent.

Regards

Trev.

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Irishkate
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7 Jan 2013 - 11:39 AM

Wonderful macro images with V1 being outstanding.
I also love the close up of the cucumber plant in V4.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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prabhusinha
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7 Jan 2013 - 12:02 PM

A fantastic information for entomologists.

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mex
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7 Jan 2013 - 1:22 PM

Super set carol.
cheers phil

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2013 - 1:23 PM

Amazing captures Carol - these are so tiny - the detail is so good. Just think, that is there little universe and they never leave it.

Anne

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TrevBatWCC
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7 Jan 2013 - 1:32 PM

That's one spiky looking caterpillar! Yet another amazing set of close-ups, Carol, and showing us something else different Wink
Trev Smile

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2013 - 1:55 PM

Wonderful detail!

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danbrann
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7 Jan 2013 - 2:31 PM

fascinating Carol.

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Jekaro
Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
7 Jan 2013 - 3:31 PM

Four cracking shots, Carol, all with lots of detail, can't choose a favourite.
Roy

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2013 - 3:55 PM

An excellent set Carol, brilliant details..Lin

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RuthyJ
RuthyJ  8 England
7 Jan 2013 - 4:40 PM

That caterpillar is a stunner Carol. Very beautifull. The flower is also beautiful. Great set of shots.

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helenlinda
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7 Jan 2013 - 5:02 PM

Amazing life cycle - he looks like a plant at first site anyway SmileSmile
Helen

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Glostopcat
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7 Jan 2013 - 6:09 PM

A stupendous set of images of this laybird larva in its various stages Carol, you've really excelled yourself here

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ChristineD
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7 Jan 2013 - 6:59 PM

Fantastic set of images

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NDODS
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7 Jan 2013 - 7:12 PM

"Three scary critters and a wonderful weird looking flower?"

"Brilliant"

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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7 Jan 2013 - 7:53 PM

Evenin' Carol,
What a strange insect, re its habitat etc;

Cloudy but OK today

Adrian

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7 Jan 2013 - 8:00 PM

Great photos, great story more pleae. Bob

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7 Jan 2013 - 9:03 PM

Hard to believe Ladybirds have such ugly larvae. Fine set Carol.
Brian.

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 - 12:29 AM

WOW! Lovely and interesting creature in V1 and V2. I have seen the ones for the red ladybirds and they are rather different in UK.
Amazing colour of the lady bird in V3 (I hope it is really a lady bird). Never seen them that yellow! Are you sure you haven't discovered a new species? Grin
And the flower in V4 is gorgeous! An enchanting set of images Carol and thank you for sharing! IB

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samarmishra
8 Jan 2013 - 1:25 AM

Hi Carol, this is an excellent set of images, my favorite for the day is V2 and V4.. Great shots..

samar

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JimV
JimV  8 Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2013 - 3:50 AM

Seems a pretty pointless life cycle this species of ladybird has, but whatever turns you on I suppose, Smile As well as photographing them so well Carol, you also name and describe everything you do so well too, you've either a very extensive knowledge of insects, or a very good book on them!
Rgds., Jim

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
8 Jan 2013 - 11:12 AM

You do have some strange things Carol, most unusual old spiky there, and the washed out adult, very interesting and a great informative set with narrative, like them all, great macro detail, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2013 - 7:30 PM

'Super detailed & color Macro Image Set!' ~ Peter

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annettep38
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8 Jan 2013 - 10:30 PM

what an ornamental caterpillar.. no small critter escapes your sharp eyes. And even better, there is SUN in your picture !

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basith
basith  2 Sri Lanka
9 Jan 2013 - 4:58 PM

Nice work carol.
Well detailed macros
V1 for me.

Basith

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brownsilent
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13 Jan 2013 - 5:21 PM

Spikey thing on spikey thing - super capture, like them, V4 is also very beautiful. Lovely detail all over the set.
Johanna

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