Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Ladybirds (ladybugs) | 小瓢虫

Do you know why a ladybird is called a ladybird? 

The name ladybird originally from the vernacular name for the common 7-spot ladybird (Coccinella 7-puncata) in europe, The "lady" is the is the Virgin Mary, the red color of the wing cover represents her cloak, and the seven spots represent the Virgin's seven joys and seven sorrows..details at this link.

这些都是在郊外拍的小瓢虫照片, 瓢虫是属于为甲虫类生物(学名:Coccinellidae),体型呈半圓球狀,体色有红、橙、褐、黑色等鲜艳的色彩。你知道英文名 Ladybirds 为什么叫 “Lady” 吗?其实 “Lady” 是暗指在天主教信仰中的圣母玛利亚,参考在这里。瓢虫是肉食昆虫,它们最喜欢吃的是蚜虫 (Aphids),只要是肉质嫩软、体型小的昆虫,都有可能成为他们的美餐。。。

Basic anatomy of a ladybird (by wikipedia)

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