SEM of ladybird eating an aphid

SEM of ladybird eating an aphid

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Credit: VOLKER STEGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ladybird eating aphid. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a ladybird beetle (Coccinella sp., orange) feeding on an aphid (green). Aphids are the ladybird's main food source, and this beetle is encouraged by gardeners since aphids are serious pests of flowers, vegetables and some fruit trees. Ladybirds are fast-moving, and are voracious aphid hunters. The characteristic patterns of spots and colours on a ladybird's wing covers serves to warn potential predators that the beetle itself is inedible. Magnification: x10 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: animal, aphid, beetle, coccinella, coccinella sp., eaten by ladybird, eating aphid, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, ladybird, nature, type, wildlife, zoology

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