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Fennel Life #6

The Fennel plant is a popular place, so it is no surprise that visitors sometimes find themselves competing for space...here a Ladybird and another small beetle clamber unceremoniously over each other as they patrol the plant.

 

The Ladybird is a carnivore, but eats an exclusive diet of Aphids, while the other Beetle is vegetarian and prefers flower petals...they are no threat to each other.

Fennel Life #6

The Fennel plant is a popular place, so it is no surprise that visitors sometimes find themselves competing for space...here a Ladybird and another small beetle clamber unceremoniously over each other as they patrol the plant.

 

The Ladybird is a carnivore, but eats an exclusive diet of Aphids, while the other Beetle is vegetarian and prefers flower petals...they are no threat to each other.

comments (17)

Harmonious! Wonderful macro shot!
Ray: I was impressed by the lack or ceremony and absence of aggression, Elizabeth.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 19 Mar 2018, 05:21
Jolis insectes.
Ray: Merci, Martine.
What a concept: To live together without threatening each other! How wonderful.
Ray: A nice concept, Ginnie...
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Mar 2018, 06:13
What an amazing macro, Ray. And it is good that they are threat, otherwise you would have only the ladybird in this wonderful picture.....
Ray: Yes...Ladybirds are voracious eaters, Astrid, but their diet is strictly Aphid.
Belle entente naturelle ..belle prise de vue encore
Bonne journée à  toi
Ray: Merci, Claudine. Je profite de mes observations dans le jardin de fenouil.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 19 Mar 2018, 06:55
Wot's wrong with a bout of healthy clambering? I didn't get where I am today without it..
Ray: Clambering can be good fun, Chris...my favourite style might be in a wading pool of jello with a bikini-clad co-clamberee... smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 19 Mar 2018, 06:58
Yours macros make me envious, Ray!
Ray: Thank you for the compliment, Lisl.

You have been showing us some excellent macro images, too, of late!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Mar 2018, 07:28
Is this a sort of mating?
Ray: A chance encounter, Philine, but no interaction of any kind...they are different species, and no threat to each other.
The ladybird has long been regarded as a friend by gardeners
Ray: The best natural cure for an infestation of Aphid, Bill!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 19 Mar 2018, 08:09
This town’s not big enough for two of us!
Ray: Their indifference to each other was remarkable, Chad.
Sounds as though each is safe from the other as far as appetites are concerned.
Ray: Yes...no threats here, Brian.
I found similar relationships among the bees and butterflies who shared the goldenrod so readily.
Ray: It can be fascinating to observe interactions between species, Mary...especially where there is no competition for available food.
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 19 Mar 2018, 13:54
So interesting!! I like your frame choice too
Ray: Thank you, Bonnie. I enjoyed squatting in the Fennel garden.
Great close-up, Ray.
Ray: Thank you, Tom.
it looks like a traffic jam Ray....petersmile



[grin]
Ray: A sort of traffic crash without damage, Peter.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Mar 2018, 23:44
The plant is like a jungle gym.
Ray: I'll feature the plant's stem in a couple of days, Louis...I like its variations.
Two ships passing in the night...

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