Some shots from September found languishing on my hard drive. I chose to use a high key look for these images, to capture a sense of the delicacy of the ladybird’s acrobatics on dry grass stems in my garden.
This beetle is a harlequin ladybird, or harmonia axyridis. The harlequin was brought from Asia into America and Europe as a form of biological control and it spread quickly, arriving in the UK in 2004. It has since caused a rapid decline in indigenous species of ladybird.
My own observations, for what they’re worth, bear this out; I rarely see anything but harlequins in my garden now. Pesky things. That doesn’t stop me photographing them though…
These are wonderful, Rachael.
Thank you, Gracie 🙂
I love that high key look, such an ethereal look to the background. I’ve not seen many of those ladybirds in our garden, we had quite a lot of the reds this year though.
Hi Barbara. Sadly here in Surrey the harlequins have all but taken over 😦
Your photos are amazing 🙂
Fabulous photos Rachael. You did such a perfect job capturing these beautiful little bugs.
Thanks! Of course I missed the take off shot I was trying for 😉
crackers must have been f2.8 or better for the depth of field – let me also take this opportunity to wish you Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year Racheal
I think I used f5 or thereabouts for these. Of course,the depth feels shallower because of using a 100mm macro lens. At f2.8 I would probably have got one eye in focus only.
ah a macro (that is what I am saving for)
It’s easily my best piece of glass. Well worth the investment. Good luck with the saving. 🙂
I’m sad to learn such a beautiful little creature has caused such carnage among English ladybirds. It’s a tale so often told, especially in Australia and New Zealand but usually the usurper is an ugly brute, like the cane toad!
Gorgeous and etherial photographs, nonetheless 🙂
Thanks. Yes, I came across the cane toads on my travels in Australia back in 1989. These harlequins are indeed prettier. 😉
I never knew ladybugs could look so phantom-like. You did a fantastic job capturing this new perspective as well as maintaining their sunny nature (;
Thank you very much for such a lovely comment. Much appreciated.
Beautiful, once again Rachael. The delicate grass makes it look like the little critters are almost doing a high wire stunt.
Thanks, Jaina. I am of sure what the ladybird was trying to achieve but it was entertaining me!
The high key works really well for these..
Thanks, Helen. 🙂
Crazy beautiful detail…wonderful….
Thank you! 🙂
You’re most welcome. 🙂