066/365 Seven-spot ladybird on orchid


A bit different from the butterflies in the last few posts, todays image, no 066, is of a ladybird on top of a common spotted orchid. I photographed this image using the same macro technique as the butterflies.
I really like the latin name of this: Coccinella septempunctata. If you split the septempunctata in half you have ‘septem’ meaning seven (which is why september is the 7th month in the roman calendar) and ‘punctata’ just means punctured or spots. Seven spots! Brilliant! This is the same for most ladybirds… 14 spot is quatuordecimpunctata (a mouthful I know!!) and 2 spot being bipunctata.

Seven-spot Ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata. Herefordshire, June, 2010.
Canon 1D mkIV with 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.

Bees, butterflies and rooks.


I’ve always had difficulty with photographing bees but spending any time with any subject will always pay dividends. Sitting next to a Hebe bush for two hours in the neighbours garden photographing the comings and goings of all the insects was amazing.  The amount of insects that were present was varied from really small aphid type species, to hoverflies and to the huge bumblebees.  I created around 600 images of the various species and was very pleased with some of the results.  I’m still going through them, but here are two that have already been processed.    The top one is of a Buff-tailed Bumblebee and the second is a honeybee.  Finding out the species of these bees was a learning curve as didnt realise that there were around 250 species of bee in the UK!! I must read more on these especially as they are in decline and some are even threatened with extinction.  I found out about these species on the Bumbleebee Conservation Trust website which can be found here: http://www.bumblebeeconservation.org.uk/

The next two images were all taken from a local private site that I have access to.  Its an amazing site, with a rich flora and fauna.  I wanted to get some attractive images for cards and calendars so concentrated on this.  The ladybird on a young orchid spike, and the Common Blue butterfly on an ear of grass I thought were particularly suitable. 

Spending all afternoon till sunset at this site enabled me to get images of the local rookery coming into roost.  Although the number of birds at this roost are quite low, it still made for some nice images. A perfect end to the day.

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