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Ant Attacking Ladybird

By brian1208
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)

Tags: Ants Close-up and macro Natural history Ant Behaviour Rock rose Wood ants Formica rufa Aggression Varied carpet beetle Anthrenus verbasci Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting

Voters: DeanH, Ade_Osman, Bernice010 and 2 more

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DeanH 11 45 1
12 Jun 2006 2:56AM
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)


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Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
12 Jun 2006 2:56AM
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.....

brian1208 Plus
13 11.1k 12 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2006 3:01AM
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
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
12 Jun 2006 3:03AM
Hmmm....Your probably right Brian....
brian1208 Plus
13 11.1k 12 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2006 3:11AM
I've uploaded a top view Ade
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
12 Jun 2006 3:36AM
Bri....I've PM'ed you!
brian1208 Plus
13 11.1k 12 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2006 3:59AM
Thanks Ade - having looked at both I now believe you are right, but what's one of them doing on me flowers? Smile
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
12 Jun 2006 5:03AM
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.
UserRemoved 12 6.2k 1
12 Jun 2006 11:30AM
Love shots like this! Loads of interest and detailed to boot! As well as more interest in the mods. Thanks!

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