Monday, March 23, 2009

Flight of the ladybug

On the first day of spring, we saw this ladybug on a sunny fence.

The Sevenspotted Lady Beetle, Coccinella septempunctata

She* got away.

So did this one.

But we caught this one, and brought her* home. I put her in my little viewing tin, and she tried to escape:

Lifting the wing coverts.

Stretching those wings.

Dragging the parachute.

Folding up again.

The tiny tin was hampering her style, so I let her go free. Fly away home!

*Courtesy pronoun. She's a ladybug, after all.


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Powell River Books said...

Beautiful shots. I don't see ladybugs here very often. I'll keep my eyes open once the rain stops! - Margy

JeanMac said...

I've never seen detail like that. Great pics.