Friday Beetle Blogging: Twice-Stabbed Lady Beetle

Chilocorus stigma, North Carolina

The popular image of a lady beetle is a red insect with black spots. But lady beetles- Coccinellidae- are a diverse family holding species of various patterns and colors. The distinctive twice-stabbed lady beetle, Chilocorus stigma, sports a pair of red spots.

photo details:
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec
diffuse twin flash

4 thoughts on “Friday Beetle Blogging: Twice-Stabbed Lady Beetle”

  1. Michael Suttkus, II

    These beetles bring back memories for me. I remember one landing on my arm, recognizing it as some kind of reverse colored “ladybug”, and wondering if it was a mutant or something. : – )

  2. AN EXCELLENT SELECTION. What a fascinating family! If only someone had recently inferred their phylogeny and speculated wildly as to drivers of their diversification!

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