Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ladybug Bug

Zooming in on this nice new field specimen and hark!

Lady bug alert!
My first good lady bug pic. Yay!

Coccinella septempunctata - Seven-spotted Lady Beetle

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Longhorn, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Cucujoidea (Flower, Flat Bark and Ladybird Beetles)
Family Coccinellidae (Ladybird Beetles)
Genus Coccinella
Species septempunctata (Seven-spotted Lady Beetle)

Plant as yet unidentified.

Ladybug Bug:

UPDATE 1 Aug 09:

The ladybug remains on the same plant and I can predictably visit and photograph every field trip. Fun! I'm getting lots of pics in every pose imaginable. There are at least two of them on the plant, which I think is some kind of goldenrod, but am waiting for it to blossom before posting. Ladybug no. 2 is a darker color but has the same markings. I don't know if the color difference means anything of significance or not.

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