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Convergent Lady Beetle

DAZ|Studio Insects posted on Aug 06, 2023
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Another of my 10 ladybug/ladybirds, the convergent lady beetle, in my Salvia spathacea (Hummingbird Sage) models... this ladybug is the most common species in North America. It is found throughout North America, but have also been imported and established in South America. In the western United States, these beetles may spend up to nine months in diapause in large aggregations in mountain valleys, far from their aphid food sources. In spring, the adults spread out and search for suitable sites to lay their eggs where aphids are plentiful. This dispersal trait is especially marked in this species as compared to other lady beetles. Aphids form their main diet. These beetles are also used for augmentative biological control to temporarily increase predator numbers to control aphids. The species is available commercially in North America, but because of the overwintering habits of non-reproductive adults, released beetles tend to quickly disperse from their release site. Adults released in enclosed settings such as greenhouses can contribute to lower aphid numbers.

Comments (8)



12:17AM | Mon, 07 August 2023

This is beautiful work.



12:33AM | Mon, 07 August 2023

..perfect photo realistic scene



12:46AM | Mon, 07 August 2023

Hat off! Thanks to help our Mother Nature.


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4:04AM | Mon, 07 August 2023

Very realistic. Nice work



8:15AM | Mon, 07 August 2023

Your realism just got more real Ken. Beautiful capture!



9:09AM | Mon, 07 August 2023

I love ladybugs! So cool!



12:31PM | Mon, 07 August 2023

A wonderful nature scene! The ladybugs are great!



7:08PM | Wed, 30 August 2023

Beautiful, as always! 👏👏 Love the educational details in the description. 👏 If you don't have a PhD, you should!

Ken _Gilliland

7:26PM | Wed, 30 August 2023

thank-you... my knowledge is pretty easily explained... I love nature and am always open to learning about it. In addition, my father was a high school biology and chemistry teacher, and I while my college degree is in fine art, I spent the first half of my life, I working as a termite inspector (something about not liking the "starving part" of being an artist).

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