I have uploaded this for a challenge.
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This was taken at the Thomas Tresham’s 16th century ‘Triangular Lodge’ when I visited Naseby in the UK.
The actual building was totally empty except for this colony of Ladybugs that were on an inside window ledge.
I am led to believe that this variety have emigrated from Europe into the UK and are killing the indigenous variety.

taken with a Lumix G2 camera using a Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 1:2.8 / 45 Four Thirds lens with just a touch of hdr.

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I live at Riddells Creek in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria, and have been involved in Horticulture all my life.
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I play Blues Harmonica and Bodhran’ in my spare time, as well as getting involved with Genealogy and Medieval History,
I have also been acting for 40 years and was lucky to be cast as a judge in the movie “Stricly Ballroon”…
But my camera is my passion.

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  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...over 2 years ago

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 2 years ago

    Wonderful finding and capture.

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 2 years ago

    Most unusual subject Larry but very effective ! Interesting write-up too.

  • Entomology is a favourite subject of mine and has been since I had to study insects to get my degree in horticulture.

    – Larry Lingard-Davis

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    Did you get your paintbox out :) Great to see different style of ladybugs evenif their motives are not the best

  • Ha Ha…. yeah, i painted them all on the day…

    – Larry Lingard-Davis

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 2 years ago

    Larry…I love this shot…It proves that there’s a black and red Lady Bug in existance and nobody ever beleived me…I’ve seen all kinds and I actually painted one in black and red years ago…people thought I reversed the colors by mistake…I said no…it’s the right color…and if I can find the ceramic pot I painted it on…I’ll take a picture…there’s also another color that can be find on Potato plants …and they’re white with dots..Lady bugs are so important for getting rid of as you said above “killing indigenous valiety” I wish you luck on your challange…I’m glad you did not call them LadyBird…lol…

  • Because of there natural predatory instincts, and the fact that they kill and eat aphids, they are the most effective insects in Biological Control.
    So, if you see them in the garden, DO NOT spray herbicides.
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    And yes, I was so surprised to see the odd one out….

    – Larry Lingard-Davis

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 2 years ago

    You have two odd ones :-) and I never spray chemicals…I like natural as much as I can get away with…I beleive in Go Green…I beleive in Chemical free environment…recycling big time…I could go on!!! Besides how useful the ladies are…they’re also adorable Larry!

  • The red & black one is Chilocorus
    All of the rest are Asian…..
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    In recent years, some people have noticed swarms of ladybugs amassing in the fall, even infesting their homes. These are Asian lady beetles, insects native to eastern Asia, introduced to the U.S. and UK as a biocontrol for aphids and have since spread throughout the country and into Canada.
    ( information gathered on Science Daily )

    – Larry Lingard-Davis

  • Marriet
    Marrietover 2 years ago

    It’s ok to be different! I too love ladybugs for the reasons you mention.
    Those eating GMO corn aphids are only living half as long.
    What does that say about our food basket here in the US?

  • Mmm ? Food for thought..?

    – Larry Lingard-Davis

  • fourthangel
    fourthangelover 2 years ago

    Please remember to enter our ladybird challenge

  • Thanks for letting me know……. Done.

    – Larry Lingard-Davis

  • Lynne Kells (earthangel)
    Lynne Kells (e...over 2 years ago

    Interesting info thanks – part of the reason I love redbubble – I learn so much from it.
    You might like ( if you haven’t already seen) the photography of ladybirds by Jane Davenport.

  • No I haven’t seen her works.
    I must follow up on it… Thanks

    – Larry Lingard-Davis

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