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.