I was photographing some aphids on a thistle plant, when along came this ladybird.
He seemed to be hungry and headed straight for the aphid colony.
It picked up the first aphid it came across and started munching on it. Do you notice the plump aphid sitting just above it?
The snack soon disappeared into the lady birds mouth. and it looked around for more.
Spotting the big aphid, it picked it off as if it was a ripe fruit ready for picking!
taking it bottom first, it began munching on its victim while it was still alive and struggling to get away.
The chomping action was quite rapid and the aphid began to disappear.
Soon I could see the anterior portion of the aphid coming into view, still alive and struggling.
soon, even that began to disappear.
I`d known about lady bird larvae feeding on aphids, but I dindt know that the adults themselves feed on aphids.
By the looks of it , it appears that the lady bird is a voracious predator of aphids.
Appearances are deceptive, who would have thought such a cute thing is a predatory bug.
All images taken with a manual focus 55mm Minolta Rokkor lens mounted on a Sony A200 dSLR camera. A Minolta 2500D flash was used to add to the ambient lighting.
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