22 April 2014

Eleven-spotted lady beetle

These little ladybirds aren't native to Aotearoa; they were introduced in the nineteenth century as a biological control for aphids. They're common around my house, which they seem to use as a shelter over the winter — they often drop out when I open a window.

[21 April 2014, Olympus OM-D EM-1, 60mm f/2.8 macro + 26mm extension rings, ISO 200, 1/200 at f/8; diffused flash]

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Zhoen said...

Once came across a swarm of ladybugs, above the tree line. An odd, rocky natural garden, and a boulder covered with ladybugs.

pohanginapete said...

Zhoen, that's quite usual, apparently. They often congregate in large numbers around mountain tops over the winter.

Zhoen said...

Usual for them, unique for me.