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Hippodamia quinquesignata ambigua
Ladybug stretching its wings in the morning.
Urban office building landscape area, Point Richmond, CA.
Spotted on Apr 13, 2012
Submitted on May 7, 2012
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Thank you Emma and Ashish--I really enjoy photographing ladybugs!
Welcome Misako... the observation is so nice... Never expected such one pose from a Ladybug beetle... =)
@Emma: this species is shaped similarly to convergent ladybugs, have no spots, and no "dash-shaped eyes." It seems they can have spots, but I have always seen spotless ones. Here is what bug guide.net says:
"H. q. ambigua exhibits the pale area on the lateral pronotum often confined to the apical corner, elytra 'almost always' immaculate, with or without convergent spots ... and confined to the west coast, west of the Sierra / Cascade mountains. These characteristics found combined, rule out the other possibilities ..." (comment by Tim Moyer)
Thank you Ashish...I was lucky this one was so busy stretching its wings.
Appreciate your amazing shooting.. these little beetles are very tough to spot...
Misako ,what is the main distinguishing characteristic of this lady bug?
Does it have a line running thru it?
Thank you MayraSpringmann!
Thank you Maria!
great series, Misako!
Thank you Dilek Cifci!
Thank you PattyC--this was the first time I have seen a ladybug doing this.
Beautiful series Misako, amazing how you captured its whole opening (or closing) wings process =)
Amazing series misako