Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Lady Bird Feeding on Aphids

I was photographing some aphids on a thistle plant, when along came this ladybird.

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He seemed to be hungry and headed straight for the aphid colony.

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It picked up the first aphid it came across and started munching on it. Do you notice the plump aphid sitting just above it?

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The snack soon disappeared into the lady birds mouth. and it looked around for more.

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Spotting the big aphid, it picked it off as if it was a ripe fruit ready for picking!

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taking it bottom first, it began munching on its victim while it was still alive and struggling to get away.

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The chomping action was quite rapid and the aphid began to disappear.

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Soon I could see the anterior portion of the aphid coming into view, still alive and struggling.

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soon, even that began to disappear.

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I`d known about lady bird larvae feeding on aphids, but I dindt know that the adults themselves feed on aphids.

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By the looks of it , it appears that the lady bird is a voracious predator of aphids.

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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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