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Ken Ramos



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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 6:44 pm    Post subject: Hold the wings, please... Reply with quote

Or better yet, spit them out Laughing



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JoanYoung



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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a great capture Ken!! Very Happy Definitely a case of being in the right place at the right time.
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Roy Patience



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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ken,

Really good shot! I guess that's why we buy containers full of ladybugs to spread through our gardens.

The composition and color and focus are great.

Roy
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Ken Ramos



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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Joan, Roy Very Happy Yeah there are going to be quite a number of "Aphid skins" lying about, there seems to be quite a number of Lady Bugs around already this year. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done, Ken.

Contrary to popular belief, it is much more difficult to get adult beetles to feed on aphids. At least it is with Coccinella septempunctata, and I had plenty of beetles available from my cultures.

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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice shot!!

They sell ladybird larvae for this purpose but I understood both the adults and the larae eat aphids. I've seen it on just one occasion (an adult ladybird chomping on an aphid!).

I've not seen too many adult ladybirds around here so far this year, and most of those I've seen are alien 'harlequin' species.

However I've got a couple of small silver birch trees in parkland near my house and they are /covered/ in ladybird larvae (no idea of the species), every other leaf I looked at had 1-3 tiny larvae on it!! I brought a few back to the garden as we've got quite a lot of aphids so far this year...
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful capture Ken. Very personal. It is probably a good way of getting them to stay still (my problem Wink )
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