Being Kind

Kindness can
become its
own motive.
We are made
kind by
being kind.
...Eric Hoffer

Ladybugs are a symbol of Good Luck and its one of the only insects that doesn’t scare me. That is a good thing since we have a house where I find them inside, a few times a year...in the windows, on the sills or crawling on the curtain near the French door. This has been going on for 22 years, since we bought the house. Turns out that ladybugs release pheromones to attract other ladybugs and are also attracted to heat that homes reflect. The chemical scent can remain year after year and can be detected from 1/4 mile away. I guess they are here to stay. So, whenever I find them inside, I rescue them and put them on a leaf outside. Turns out, you can tell the age of the ladybug by how black their spots are. If the dots are very dark, it is young. Adult ladybugs only live for 3-9 months and the number of spots indicates its species. The most spots have been 24. If you see yellow, that is their blood which comes out if they are stressed...interesting!

Nice on black.
What a unique lady bug -or lady bird we sometimes call them. In Australia they are more yellowish. This is a superb macro with so much detail !and I like the texture of the leaf too.
posted March 1st, 2018  
Fantastic capture
posted March 1st, 2018  
Oh I barely see lady bugs... Maybe I nerd to find some and bring them home. Lovely shot the leaf is so iridescent which caught my eye
posted March 1st, 2018  
lovely details and colours
posted March 1st, 2018  
My favorite bug!
posted March 1st, 2018  
Excellent.
posted March 1st, 2018  
Superb focus, light
posted March 1st, 2018  
Wow what a luminous leaf! I quite like lady birds, there was a distinct lack of them last summer.
posted March 1st, 2018  
Nicely focussed !
posted March 1st, 2018  
A super capture. Fav!! 😀
posted March 1st, 2018  
Wonderful bright spring image. Fav.
posted March 1st, 2018  
Luscious green!
posted March 1st, 2018  
most splendid.
posted March 1st, 2018  
A lovely spotty ladybitd and a great capture.
posted March 1st, 2018  
Lovely lighting and clarity :)
posted March 1st, 2018  
Love the bold and bright leaf, nice ladybird too, we don't see many these days
posted March 1st, 2018  
@suzanne234 Thank you, Suzanne. Just come to my home then! LOL! I have many. My husband even bought some from the garden shop when our roses had aphids. They were a natural solution and did a great job. Ladybugs are about the only insect critter that doesn't make me jump out of my skin! :)

@fr1da Thank you. Reading up on ladybugs (ladybirds), I found lots of fascinating information. There are many types and many varieties of color ranging from black, red, orange yellow, etc...and many species of spots too from 1-24. I love learning from being on 365 too! :)

@ulla Many thanks! I love to see ladybugs. They are lucky and fun to see. Just come to my house. :)

@ribbet9 They are my favorite bug too, Candace! Other creepy crawlers make me jump out of my skin...and I am allergic to bees and other poisonous insects, like black widows. Yikes! Thank you! :)
posted March 1st, 2018  
@ezzzmaay @jesperani @carolmw @deborah63 @domenicododaro @joysabin @wendyfrost @hermann @mittens @seattlite @ellida

Many thanks! If I do not find the ladybugs and get them back to nature, the house will dry them out and they would die. I would rather have them happy and eating aphids in our garden where they belong! Now...a spider might be a different story! :)
posted March 1st, 2018  
@carole_sandford Thank you Carole...I like ladybugs (ladybirds) too. They are about the only creepy crawler I do like! Here in the US, you can sometimes buy ladybugs from the garden shop for a natural pest control in your garden. My husband did that once. :)
posted March 1st, 2018  
Lovely against the green leaf. My Mother always said they were good luck and to leave them in the house. I think they found their way back outside. Have to watch tho cause they do bite.
posted March 1st, 2018  
Great capture
posted March 2nd, 2018  
Awesome photo
posted March 2nd, 2018  
wonderful capture and what interesting information about the ladybug.
posted March 2nd, 2018  
Wonderful focus! fav
posted March 2nd, 2018  
Fantastic!!
posted March 2nd, 2018  
super lighting and composition
posted March 2nd, 2018  
Interesting narrative, and beautiful contrast in your pic!
posted March 2nd, 2018  
Lovely capture and very interesting information on the ladybug 😊
posted March 2nd, 2018  
i never like ladybird blood..but I do like ladybirds!
posted March 2nd, 2018  
Interesting info and greatly lit, detailed shot. Fav :-)
posted March 2nd, 2018  
Nice first image of the month!
posted March 3rd, 2018  
I like it.
posted March 3rd, 2018  
I'm so impressed with all your studies and the knowledge that you impart to the rest of us! Wonderful picture!
posted March 4th, 2018  
Love this colorful composition of the ladybug!
posted March 5th, 2018  
Great close up.
posted March 7th, 2018  
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