Thursday, November 27, 2014

"Ladybird on Take-off"...

Known as Ladybirds in most of the world, but often 'ladybugs' in North America, entomologists in the United States widely prefer the names ladybird beetles or lady beetles as these insects are not true bugs. The Coccinellidae are a family of small beetles and are considered useful insects, because many species feed on aphids insects, which are pests in gardens, agricultural fields and orchards.

Their wing shells (Elytra) are often confused with being actual wings. Worldwide, there are over 5,000 known species, varying in color and spots. Spots are not always present.

Location: central Arkansas. May/2008.
Photo # _KS10095-96.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.


Lisa Gordon said...

This is such a great photograph, Kelly.
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I wish you a wonderful holiday season ahead.

Kelly Shipp said...

Thanks Lisa - appreciate the comments and wishes!