dont get too close, i may have a bug

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    i took this the other day on what i had expected to be a leisurely walk round a nature reserve – however once there, i saw that the place was literally buzzing! – and then spent the next 4 hours hardly moving - macro lens in hand

    suffices to say iv got the macro bug again!

    *** warning – the shots below are not for the very squeamish ***

    everyone knows i love ladybirds, so this was a bit or a gory one for me – but quite fascinating

    the below shots show a couple of ladybirds that have had a parasite

    laid by a parasitic wasp, these larvae then break out the ladybird (this can be seen in the 1st shot below)

    then the larvae spins its self into a cocoon which its ‘host’ then unwillingly protects!

    the 2nd shot is the same pair as the 1st shot - but a bit later when it had started spinning

    the 3rd shot is another pair I found – further down the process as the larvae was completely wrapped up

    there is more information on this phenomena on the BBC WEBSITE

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    1. © Mark Johnson (Really Busy) [deleted] 35 months ago | reply

      Superb work!

    2. cwteoh1063 35 months ago | reply

      Awesome and gorgeous shot !!!!

    3. hellotim80 35 months ago | reply

      excellent macro M

    4. hellotim80 35 months ago | reply

      ps, never seen this before and didnt know ladybirds did this...

    5. Tech Owl 35 months ago | reply

      Great macros Em

    6. Derek Cluskey 35 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot. Very interesting stuff about the parasite. I've seen this only recently under a ladybird but didn't know what was going on. Now i know. Thanks for the info.

    7. Fenwalker1 35 months ago | reply

      The first shot is Beautiful : ) the rest are Excellent never seen this only the end result!

    8. Photospool 35 months ago | reply

      Gosh what a stunning series of photo, how wonderful to witness it

    9. PhotoJunket 35 months ago | reply

      Excellent macro work.

    10. aokcreation 35 months ago | reply

      Amazing macro series!! I assume the ladybug is not going to survive this?!?!?! Very interesting!!

    11. Peр 35 months ago | reply

      Brilliant series!

    12. Fletty Flicks 35 months ago | reply

      Super work and set of shots :-)

    13. Elizabeth 1148 35 months ago | reply

      Wonderful composition stunning macro.

    14. lightloverLori 35 months ago | reply

      Perfectly perfect!!!

    15. robchopper 35 months ago | reply

      Wonderful colors and boke, gorgeous macro M!

    16. ♥ ♫ * Mary * ♫ ♥ •٠·˙ 35 months ago | reply

      Holy Moly M !! These are fascinating !! Superb series hun !! :o) xx

    17. Eddie The Bugman 34 months ago | reply

      Brilliant M, missed this excellent set, stunning captures :o)

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