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Unequal Couple?!

Unequal  Couple?!
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 16] (146)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-13
Categories: Nature
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): maquereau, Nature: Fabolous Beauty [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-14 10:17
Viewed: 2642
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last year in spring, I found this couple of ladybirds -
... an 'unequal' pair? No!

Both specimens belong to the same species
- Harmonia axyridis
- family: Coccinellidae

which is rather variable in respect to colour pattern.
Here we see a black red-dotted female and a tyically coloured red male with black dots.

Information on the species
H. axyridis is not of German/European origin but occurs in East Asia. It has entered our region and the habitats of Coccinella septempunctata in recent years. We will see how this invasion will develop and perhaps change our indigenous ladybird-fauna.

H. axyridis may become a threat for our native ladybird Coccinella septempunctata because it is an ecological competitor for this species. It is known that larvae of H. axyridis do not only feed lice but also devour the larva of septempunctata. Distribution of this species appears to be hardly noticed in Germany and other parts of Europe. Therefore, I would like you to pay attention.

- natural light
- ISO 400
- hand-held

* Klausnitzer B. (2002) Wunderwelt der Käfer. - Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg, Berlin.

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This is a good (hot) macro with a beautiful green
back.Very good clearness.

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  • NAHL Gold Star Critiquer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 0] (985)
  • [2008-03-14 10:45]

Hi Dear Peter
Great photo
very nice macro


Fantastic sharp macro. TFS

Hi Peter.
Great macro shot,nice colours,details and capture.Well done.

* Piotr *

amazing quality, well done, great sharpness,

Excellent Macro photography.

jahoo!! love is in the air. great macro. kind regards Joke

Great macro. It made me smile. Beautiful colors and lighting. Well composed.


Hi Peter,
fantastic macro with optimal colors...... very, very HOT!!!!

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-03-14 13:59]

Hola amigo Peter,
precioso trabajo y bello foco y color,
excelente trabajo,

Hello Peter!
Perfect macro and great capture!
Wonderful colours, light, detail and clarity!
Excellent done!
Best regards!

wonderful!! excellent indeed.. it's strong indeed!! my compliments!!
ciao Marco

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2008-03-15 1:33]

Hi Peter ;)
Excellent, amazing macro shot...All my compliments,
Have a nice WE,
J ;)

Hello Peter,
Great macro - absolut fantastic light and sharpness. I wish I could do one half as good - but I am still trying to get into macro photography. TFS

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  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2008-04-29 0:31]

nice shot good mating
nice shot
good colors
well done

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