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Zombie ladybird.

This is a ladybird that has been taken over by a parasitic wasp called Dinocampus Coccinellae. The wasp larva in the nest like cocoon under the ladybird control...
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This is a ladybird that has been taken over by a parasitic wasp called Dinocampus Coccinellae. The wasp larva in the nest like cocoon under the ladybird controls it so that, living or dead (living in this case) the ladybird guards the larva. I shot it handheld using a Canon Eos 5DsR & 100mm L, an Adaptalux lighting studio (2 white lighting arms and 1 orange) to light the ladybird and a fill-flash with a lumiquest softbox.
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Treecy
 
Treecy September 28, 2016
That's gorgeous. Never seen a macro of a lady bug. Great job!!!
candiscamera
 
candiscamera December 11, 2016
Fascinating! The lights really help these macro shots, thanks for the tips.
landicordier
 
landicordier August 14, 2017
Great focus on the eyes! I am currently running a 'Ladybugs' challenge which you might be interested in...
brianbaitystudio
 
brianbaitystudio November 14, 2018
strong photo, love the description. a perfect example showing the right way to submit photos. well done!
franceshogue
 
franceshogue November 28, 2018
Great macro shot! Beautiful!