Ladybird Ladybug

Hello Friends,

Is it a Ladybug or a Ladybird??

I had this discussion a couple of weeks ago – I call it a Ladybird. I did a bit of research as to where the 2 different names came from, apparently it was mostly named Ladybird, but people started calling it Ladybug (as its a Bug not a Bird). The ‘bird’ part was because it has wings & flies. Its also known as a Lady Beetle in some places. What do you call it?

These photos were from a couple of different trips to the gardens with my macro lens, I agree with a fellow blogger about taking a tripod, the leaves in all these shots are out of focus & blurry. I do like that effect – but I definitely think these photographs could be sharper. The Ladybird looks OK in them – I think a tripod would sharpen up the leaves around the Ladybird in the photographs??

© The Little Leaf 2012

12 thoughts on “Ladybird Ladybug

  1. Hello Alana, The secret is indeed to focus on the eyes or head. It seems to notice less if other parts of the insect are out of focus due to a narrow depth of field. I don’t use a tripod as in many instances it is impractical. By the time you’ve set it up the insect has either moved or flown away. A dedicated macro flash is the professional’s answer but they are a rather expensive solution. I use natural daylight and take lots of shots. A small reflector can help. Getting light into the shot is what matters when you narrow the aperture.

    • Hi Marc, Thanks so much for your feedback. I must try that on Sunday when I head back to the Botanical Gardens, I’ve learnt so much from people like yourself over the last couple of weeks so very much looking forward to giving it another shot :)

  2. They look great! Do you think they’re different types of ladybirds? Their dots are quite different. I call them ladybirds/bugs fairly interchangeably, where I am from in Bermuda, it is mostly people who are more American saying ‘bugs’ and people with English backgrounds saying ‘birds’, and then Bermudians get a mix mash of the two and I often forget who says which! Are there regional differences in Australia too?

    • Yes I think they are different – some of them are more Orange in colour & some more Red? I’m not sure what they call them in Australia, growing up in New Zealand they were always Ladybirds to me :)

  3. As you may know, I specialise in insect shots. I never, ever use a tripod. I was discussing this with the former President of the Royal Photographic Society the other day and she agreed that tripods are not useful for photographing insects. They move! If you are concerned to get more in focus then you need a narrower aperture, not a tripod. However, I would say that I do not enjoy as a rule the sorts of bug macros where the background is all sharp as well as the insect. This ‘scientific’ style often sacrifices beauty for clarity. Keep going with the macro lens and try everything. See what works for you. I bet you don’t use the tripod very often.

    • Thanks so much for that advice Rachael, I was wondering how I get into a bush with a tripod – I scare the bugs enough myself! Haha. Ok so I’ll have a go with a narrower aperture – see how they turn out. I do love the blurry/out of focus background look – but I still feel these are not quite right? :) & No – I have only ever used a tripod for lightning photos :)

      • Ah, yes, for lightning, and for landscapes in low light, a tripod comes into its own. The other vital tip for shooting bugs is to select spot focus and get the focus point over the insect’s eyes. If the eyes are in focus, the image instantly picks up.

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