The camera never lies… Or does it !?!?…

Birds Or Bugs

Well everybody else seems to be doing it, and I have really needed to make better use of mine, so I’ve given in to a spot of MMM… (March Macro Madness), and given a bit of spring weather this weekend I attached said macro, and went in search of all things tiny…

The real question to me though… and I KNOW given the geographical location of majority of my blog buddies that it’s an argument I’ve already lost regardless… BUT, I’m never one to be defeated so easily…. lol… SO….Ladybirds or Ladybugs ???…

I know I’m right though, cos wikipedia says so… lol… to quote… “The name “ladybird” originated in Britain where the insects became known as “Our Lady‘s bird” or the “Lady beetle”.[8][9] Mary (Our Lady) was often depicted wearing a red cloak in early paintings and the spots of the seven spot ladybird (the most common in Europe) were said to symbolise herseven joys and seven sorrows.[8] Common names in other European languages have the same association (the German name Marienkäfer translates to “Marybeetle” or, literally, Mary-chafer).[10] In the United States the name was adapted to “ladybug”.[10]

SEE… LadyBIRD !!… Ladybug was just an adaptation of the correct name… lol… ;)

I WIN !!… especially as I can edit anyones comments, to make sure they agree with me… lol… :p

View large, and tickle him under the chin if you dare… He won’t bite… much… ;)


31 responses

  1. I love this shot, even if you are silly enough to call it a bird!

    EDIT… **Oooops, what I meant to say Brian, is that you are indeed entirely correct in your well founded assertion that this is indeed a ladybird, and that us crazy Americans have gotten it wrong all along.. I can only apologise for all my crazy friends**

    March 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    • Why thank you Karen… See… I knew you’d agree wholeheartedly that Ladybird is indeed the correct terminology… I knew I could rely on you to set the right tone… lol… ;)

      March 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      • Lol! Yup leave it to the Americans to get it wrong, what with all those misspellings and driving on the RIGHT side of the road! ;-)

        March 21, 2011 at 1:47 am

        • Uh huh.. We do drive on the “right” side of the car, and you do apparently speak English… plus, I’ve played Grand Theft Auto, and seen first hand how crazy you Americans are.. I rest my case.. lol.. ;)

          March 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm

  2. Of course it’s called a Ladybird! You can really see the beautiful texture of the feathers in this fabulous shot….



    March 21, 2011 at 1:07 am

    • HEY !!… It was keeping its plumage hidden as it looked like it was going to rain… lol… ;)

      March 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm

  3. aswirly

    Um… I’m not sure if you realize this, but it is a BUG, NOT a BIRD. Duh! I’m sorry you Brits can’t tell bugs from birds ;) hehehe… Yup, a ladyBUG! That’s what it is. I WIN. And don’t you dare edit my comment or else. lol…

    Such a cute lil bug you’ve captured with your macro :) I love it.

    EDIT **But you know I luv you really, and secretly agree with absolutely everything you say… but naturally I have to publicly disagree, purely to maintain my feminine appearance…**

    March 21, 2011 at 4:17 am

    • I know you do… lol… But with regards the birds and the.. umm.. bugs, based on your premise does that mean that sausage dogs are edible, and catfish chase mice, and Pelican Crossings are only for sea birds… and don’t even get me started on Zebra Crossings… but let’s play safe and not mention the poor little dik dik… ;)

      March 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      • aswirly

        HEEEEYYYYYYYYY!!!! Ooooooh *shaking fists madly* You’re gonna get it now!

        March 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm

        • Wha !!!… I’m sure I have NO idea what you mean !?!?!…. teehee… ;)

          March 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm

  4. Jayne

    Ladybird. Definitely. It’s the Queen’s English and nobody wants to argue with the Queen…do they?

    She’s lovely (the bug, not the Queen…well she might be too for all I know but I’ve never actually met her. I have waved at her mind, but I don’t think she saw me). Shall I stop now? :)

    March 21, 2011 at 9:21 am

    • At last… Someone of sense to back my argument… Well, when I say sense, it’s all relative obviously… lol… Thanks Jayne… ;)

      March 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm

  5. LadyBUG! Käfer means beetle, beetle = bug, so it MUST be a ladyBUG! See? Makes perfect sense. Besides, I’ve never seen a bird with six legs before ;-)
    Sweet little bug you captured. I took pictures of one myself on Saturday.

    March 21, 2011 at 10:55 am

    • WHAT !!.. Where did Käfer come from… Oh… lol… Well, I never called it that… and anywho, as someone of European origins, aren’t you supposed to side with us… ;)

      And I take it you’ve never seen the Six Legged Greater Spotted Horned Beetle Bird then…. I thought everyone had seen those… ;)

      Can’t wait to see your “Ladybird”… :D

      March 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      • Well, it’s in your post, so you DID call it that… no talking your way out of THAT one! ;-) And I’ll gladly side with you when you’re right, which in this case you are not LOL
        Better get that macro ready again and search for that Six Legged Greater Spotted Horned Beetle Bird. WAIT! Is that the same as a Longhorn Beetle (Bird)? In that case I have a picture of it (still looks like a bug to me, though)

        March 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm

        • Ahhh.. Ummm… Yes but… No… Ummm… Ooooh, look at that rabbit chasing that bird !!!… I am still right though… ;)

          March 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm

  6. I don’t think I’ve seen a ladybird this close and personal. My eyes don’t do the macro thing, so thank you, Brian. Beautiful photo.

    March 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    • Thanks so much Leslie… I have to confess neither had I, and I’m not sure they look quite so nice up this close either… lol..

      March 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm

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  8. Not sure I dare add my ‘merican commentary here…but it IS a BUG and called appropriately so…Ladybug. Imagine how insulted said bug must be when a slug such as yourself calls it a bird!

    And as for Grand Theft Auto…if the “right” side of the road was truly the left…wouldn’t the cars be driven that way in the game?!

    Just’ sayin :)

    March 22, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    • Well, I know if it were me, I’d much prefer to be a bird than a bug… and I’m sure if you were to ask the “ladybirds” their preference, then I’m sure I know the majority would stick with the correct name of LADYBIRD… ;)

      And as for GTA !!!… Ummmmm…. When I’m driving, THEY ARE !!!… Makes it much more entertaining, so I think you should adopt it too, and see how much fun it is… lol…

      March 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm

  9. I’m lucky if I can stay on the road in any video game so…I’ll allow you to have your fun.

    bird…bug…bird…slug…birds and bugs eat slugs


    March 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    • I didn’t mean in the game… lol… You should try driving on the left (right) side of the road in real life.. It’s much more fun… and why do you think I’VE not collected the bird / bug opinion poll yet.. ;)

      March 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm

  10. Personally, I don’t care what you call ’em. I love the little buggers! :-)

    March 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    • Lol… Well that’s cool… No need to edit your comment then eh… ;)
      They do sure look different up close and personal though don’t they… Thanks Tracy..

      March 25, 2011 at 7:07 am

  11. Val Erde

    I say Ladybird to Brits (like us) and occasionally use Ladybug to Americans, just in the interests of understanding each other. But to me, they are ladybirds. Oh – and this is a fabbo photo!

    March 30, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    • Haha… Well I have to confess to occasionally slipping in to US mode, but we really should be encouraging them to use the Queens English dontchafink !!!… ;)

      April 1, 2011 at 7:40 pm

  12. Verey cool macro. I like your work very much. Thanks for sharing.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:50 pm

  13. Very cool macro. I like your work very much. Thanks for sharing.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:51 pm

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