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Mark Billiau.

Pro Member, region Antwerp, Belgium

Please, do not disturb

This is a shot of mating multicoloured Asian ladybirds.

The species is native to Asia (Siberia, Himalaya, Japan to China) and has been extensively introduced by man in the USA and Europe for biological and effective control of various aphid species in greenhouses, crop fields and gardens.
However, it has also brought with it several negative effects. Its establishment appears to decrease the diversity of native ladybird species.

Dutch name : Veelkleurig Aziatisch Lieveheersbeestje
German name : Asiatischer Marienkäfer
Latin name : Harmonia axyridis (var. succinea)

A big thanks to Deryck for the kindly nomination of this picture.

Comments 127

  • Gilbert13 05/23/2014 17:09

    Would have been surprised if you didn't have one of them ;) same title just in English! Tried every single angle but couldn't get the one on the bottom. Yours is excellent.
  • mario valentini 01/04/2014 17:33

    Congratulations, fantastic macro.
  • jnazem 05/02/2013 15:14

    Dear Mark most of your photoes are nice. also this one is great
  • odeveld219 04/11/2012 18:00

    Een bijzonder knappe macro!! Mijn complimenten!
    Dank u wel voor uw fijne wensen!
    Groeten, Odeveld
  • leverdesoleil 02/10/2012 11:20

    Quelle grande macro !!!
    BRAVO l'artiste !
  • Vera Böhm 03/10/2011 11:16

    Congrats to this shot and to the little star, the sharpness is also good. ;-))
    Regards, Vera
  • Francesco Bologna 05/26/2010 21:03

    una parola: spettacolare, perfetta in tutto!!!

  • s. sabine krause 04/27/2010 8:25

    what a beautiful shot of the little immigrant ; ))! their glossy backs look just terrrific – as though polished! and i think the male and female can even be told apart: black face mask – female , white face mask – male! about two years ago almost every ladybug i saw seemed to be one of those many-spotted asian ones. a couple of years ago, though, it changed again, i think, and last year there were just so many seven-spots again!! greetings, sabine.
  • Fernando López fotografías... 11/11/2009 16:07

    Magnífica captura de un momento
    intimo de las mariquitas!!!
    Saludos, Fernando
  • Gaby Darsow 10/06/2009 19:05

    Das Sternchen hast Du Dir verdient,
  • Christa Regina 06/18/2009 21:58

    Gratulation. Freu mich mit Dir, dass es dieses Bild in die Gallerie geschafft hat.
    Liebe Grüsse von Christa
  • Inez Correia Marques 06/18/2009 18:33

    Bravo Mark !!
  • Deryck 06/18/2009 17:56

    Well done Mark! A very beautiful picture wins a well deserved star!
  • Mark Billiau. 06/18/2009 14:49

    @ Everybody who voted pro : thank you very much.
    And of course a special thanks to Deryck for the nomination of this picture.

  • Nicole Casutt 06/18/2009 13:57

    I really LIKE it a lot !
    Congrats for your STAR !!!
  • RM. 06/18/2009 13:57

  • Guglielmo Rispoli 06/18/2009 13:57

    PRO PRO PRO !!!!!!!!!!
  • smutjefoto 06/18/2009 13:57

    Wunderschön ! Pro +++ Viel Glück
  • bayerlein ute 06/18/2009 13:57

  • Ludwig F. Ellner 06/18/2009 13:57

  • Trixi Schneider 06/18/2009 13:57

  • lemmi65 06/18/2009 13:56

  • Marcelino Garcia 06/18/2009 13:56

    PRO +++++ PRO ++++ PRO +++++
  • Roberto L. 06/18/2009 13:56

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