Saturday, August 09, 2008

Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home: Camera Critters #18

I do wish these pictures were clearer but as often is the case when photographing nature you take what you can get at the moment and be glad that you got what you did. That is how I felt about these pictures for I was happy to be able to capture this Ladybug in the action of opening its wings. It had landed on the window frame of my car as I had stopped by a pond where I was hoping to get a picture of a Painted Turtle that is always there. Here, above, you can see the colourful, fleshy portion of this Ladybug's body that is protected under its hard outer shell.
.This is the sort of positioning that I usually get when I post Ladybug photos; but these photos today hold more than the old standard shot.
Here you can see the polka-dotted panels on top starting to open and below you can see its wings extending in the picture below.The blurry movement in this last picture shows the wings in motion.
I will always look at a Ladybug a bit differently from now on. Does anyone remember the Bricklin?
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25 comments:

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Ladybugs must be everyone's favourite bug. ;-) Good for you capturing it opening its wings.

Mary said...

Amazing....I've never seen the ladybug's body or really the wings. So cool that you captured all of that!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Wonderful capture of the open wings; I've never before seen a ladybug body. Good CC post.

bobbie said...

You caught her with her wings spread! That is special.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Awwwww-sum! I've never seen one with its wings open to that degree. These are great!

ratmammy said...

these are great photos!

i beati said...

I didn't realize they had such long legs sandy

kjpweb said...

You're giving some inside! While they are not the sharpest* kids on the blog - they make more then up for showing unusual sides of these cute critters.
*Looks as if you had a bight fight for enough light on your hand!

Cheers, Klaus

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi! Good for you. These are great pictures.

Denise said...

That is so cool to see it in action like this. I have never quite seen a lady bug any other way that with its wings closed so thank you for showing these to us. Super job of photography and the blurring just made it come to life for me.

Tammy said...

Great pictures!!!

Geraldine said...

I love ladybugs. I like to believe that they bring good luck or so the saying goes. Interesting to realize that they can fly, don't often see this. Thanks for sharing Ann.

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fishing guy said...

Ann: I think they were a wonderful capture of the little bug.

Misty Dawn said...

These are awesome captures! My favorite is the next to last pic. You know, they say Ladybugs are good luck... you've got some good luck coming your way in that case!

Rambling Woods said...

Ann..these are great. All I have is a red blur on lady beetles..

Carletta said...

What great captures these are! I so agree with your statement about photographing nature.
You caught what most of us never see - thanks for sharing!

Mare said...

You have terrific photos. I have kinda scrolled down, and you certainly have quite a variety of Mother Nature's finest.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
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Christy said...

Very cool action shots of the ladybug. Look at that sheen on those outer wings. Very nice images and your right when photographing nature sometimes you have to take what you can get.

magiceye said...

superb action captures!



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June said...

Very cool...to have a shot of one with its wings out in addition to the more traditional look. Well done!

Becky and Gary said...

My goodness I've never, ever seen the underside of a Ladybug's wings, How interesting. Super catch!

Teena in Toronto said...

Excellent action shots!

I played too :)

CrazyCath said...

Those are the most fantastic and informative shots I have ever seen of a ladybug (ladybird to me *wink*)
I had no idea the wings were so BIG!
Brilliant stuff. So glad I came over. It would be my loss not to.

CATHY said...

Neat pictures..

the teach said...

Ann, never saw a yellow lady bug! And you've caught what to human eye hardly every sees - the lady bug taking off and flying. Wow! :)