Commonly called a “Ladybug”, this is really a beetle (I remember going through Master Gardener classes 12 years ago, and this was drilled into our heads by our entomologist instructor!). Actually our “ladybug beetles” are in the Family Coccinellidae, and are comprised of several species, within at least three genera. Not sure, but this one appears to be a Convergent Ladybug Beetle (Hippodamia convergens). No matter what ya call them, they are always fun … maybe with the exception of when they’re everywhere in the house on a fall day!
Wishing each of you a “Fun Friday”!
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 1D Mark 3 body
- Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
- Gitzo 1228-LVL carbon fiber tripod, with Kirk Ent. HD ballhead
- ISO 800 (to help stop the swaying of the plant/insect in the strong winds)
- Aperture f/6.3
- Shutter 1/2,000 sec.