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    Birth of a Ladybird

    OK 'birth' isn't exactly correct but here it is emerging from the pupal cocoon.

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    'And here is one that was produced a little earlier.'

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    They start out with 'just a coating of basic primer colour' then gradually develop the traditional red with black spots colouration. Although in fact there are quite a number of ladybird varieties and colour variations.

    And this is the previous larval stage.

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    Last edited by Geoff F; 30th June 2011 at 10:53 PM. Reason: photos added

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    Re: Birth of a Ladybird

    Excellent stuff yet again, Geoff. #1 isn't the most attractive image I've ever seen, but so far as I'm concerned it's purpose is educational and documentary. And, as that, it's a beauty. The other two are both informative and things of beauty in their own right
    Last edited by Donald; 1st July 2011 at 07:52 AM.

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    Re: Birth of a Ladybird

    These are amazing, Geoff! I never knew where ladybirds come from. (Hm, I feel like I should use a smiley but am not sure which one.)

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    Re: Birth of a Ladybird

    Wow! Thats incredible, Geoff!

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    Re: Birth of a Ladybird

    Very educational indeed. And amazing that something so ugly (for my taste that is) can turn into something that we all seem to like.

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    Re: Birth of a Ladybird

    Thanks for the comments. I had seen a few newly emerged ladybirds but it was mostly luck that I was in the right place to capture the emergence.

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    Re: Birth of a Ladybird

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff F View Post
    And this is the previous larval stage.

    Birth of a Ladybird
    Ah, I have seen and probably photographed these and not known what they were

    Thanks Geoff

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