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Ladybird (Ladybug) Metamorphosis

By LynneJoyce  
There are lots of types of photography and reasons for taking photographs. This set is documentary and records the fascinating process that takes place near to where I live at this time every year - the magical metamorphosis of Ladybird (Ladybugs) from larvae to pupae to imagos (adults). An accessible explanation of the process can be found here -

The 4 stages Of the Ladybird (Ladybug) Life Cycle

So no prizes for composition or artistic content are expected. I have placed the images roughly in the order of the process. I just hope that you can share my joy and wonder at this magical transition.

P.S. There are some pretty neat shadows in here too to fit in with the Saturday theme.

Tags: Ladybirds Larvae Pupae Documentary Metamorphosis Ladybugs Wildlife and nature Imagos

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28 Oct 2017 1:12AM
I find the set amazing, its like the ugly duckling, turning into the beautiful swan. Not wishing to offend the larvae of course. Great capture , tfs. Pam
ColleenA Plus
8 481 7 Australia
28 Oct 2017 3:03AM
Wow... amazing images Lynne
ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
28 Oct 2017 5:09AM
Good work, Lynne.
28 Oct 2017 7:34AM
Lovely set. Thanks.
28 Oct 2017 9:13AM
A wonderful documentary set of these colourful little beasties, Lynnr. Perfect presentation too.
28 Oct 2017 10:38AM
Fantastic collection
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2017 11:14AM
Superb set Lynne, some good specimens and varieties, V11 and V12 have the edge for me and the shadow in V13 is brilliant! Excellent images presented... Isabel GrinGrin
Irishkate Plus
10 45 121 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2017 12:07PM
Fascinating Lynne - I do love the 'loveliness' only collective noun I can find for ladybirds.
I rarely see ladybirds let alone see the metamoLADYBIRDS LADYBUGS
A LOVELINESS of ladybirds.
                      Sent in by Simon Odell - not authenticated but too nice to omit.
Joe Dahl says - I too have heard of the collective noun for ladybirds being a 'loveliness' as heard on a BBC Radio 4 programme a while ago. rphosis of these creatures.

Kate Grin
28 Oct 2017 12:48PM
A wonderful photo reportage of this amazing transformation Lynne, and excellent info too.

TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
28 Oct 2017 1:02PM
An amazing sequence of images, Lynne, showing the change Smile
Trev Smile

Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
29 Oct 2017 2:02AM
So many different patterns to see on the ladybirds. An excellent set Lynne.
capto Plus
9 6.6k 25 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2017 11:08AM
A loveliness seems a good term for them. A great set.Smile
Drighlynne 10 131 1 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2017 12:55PM
A super set of images documenting the metamorphosis. The first time I found a ladybird larvae was this year. Love V11 & 12 showing the difference in some of the ladybirds.
prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
29 Oct 2017 4:55PM
Didi Bhai, I saw this wonderful work Long ago .
30 Oct 2017 5:39AM
Fantastic set of insects in this wonderful collection. Well done Lynne.
ade123 8 285 1 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2017 12:37PM
A brilliant set of images Lynne
30 Oct 2017 1:13PM
Multi coloured bugs, not my favourite subject.

30 Oct 2017 6:48PM
Superb set of close ups, Lynne.

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