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Small White, Pieris rapae on pale yellow scabious
Docks of Cassis
My daughter Anush
Bicycle Planter
Large Scarce Blue, Phengaris teleius on Great Burnet
Meleager's Blue, Polyommatus daphnis on sweetpea
Beautiful visitor: Scarce Copper, Lycaena virgaureae on the photographer's hand
A festival
Monkeys Warm Together
A Train Covered by Men
 A  Little Blue, Cupido minimus surveys his world
War of the Five Ladybirds
Risky Journey with a Train
Drawing live
Dad's Dahlia
Checquered Skipper, Carterocephalus palaemon
Rainbow 2
Ice Mountain
The Statue of Liberty
Kirra Underwater
12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
War of the Five Ladybirds

A Harlequin Ladybird took on All-comers in the War of the Five Ladybirds by attacking the other ladybirds browsing on a tansy plant. However this 14 Spot was not defeated by the far larger harlequin and after being kicked off its browsing patch, climbed the stem and butted the Harlequin off its territory. Also involved in th War were some 2-Spot Ladybirds, 5 Spot Ladybird and 22Spot Ladybird. In all I counted five ladybirds involved in counter-attacking the Harlequin and I was sad that I had no video. The area has a large diversity in Ladybirds as in butterflies, so I was surprised by the diversity of species on one plant.

TAGS: Beetle, Czech Republic, Insect, Macro, War

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Prague, Czech Republic
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© Mary C Legg.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 07.2014
Total Views: 49
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 18, 2014, 7:22 a.m.
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Camera Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
Focal Length: 100mm
Shutter Speed: 1/320
Aperture: f4
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PHOTO LOCATION Milovice, Czech Republic