Laura Macky Photography

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Complimentary Ladybug


Last evening I went into our yard with my trusty new Macro lens.  Wow I’m loving it!   The coneflower I posted here shows a small ladybug of some sort  I’ve never been much of a bug person but I have to admit I went out in search of one on a plant yesterday.  I doubt I’ll be posting close ups of spiders (eeeek!!!) but I think I can handle a ladybug.  🙂

With this image I’d also like to mention for those who are new to photography that the colors here are complimentary colors.  Well most of them anyway, lol.  The green and the purple (or magenta) are opposite each other on the color wheel.  I find the opposites work best especially for very colorful, pleasing images.  I’m sure that a trained artist could tell you more about this but I’ve found it helpful to check out the color wheel when I’m in doubt with which colors work well together.  I’ve included a color wheel at the bottom of the post in case you’re interested.

Insect on Flower Macro

Insect on Flower Macro

Color Wheel for Contrasting Colors

Color Wheel for Complimentary Colors


Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

102 thoughts on “Complimentary Ladybug

  1. The only ladybugs I have seen are red with black spots. This one is a new beauty. I do like your color choices.

  2. According to my Gardner neighbors when I spotted same critter on bright pink rose; they kinda got hysterical ummm well as hysterical as gardeners do, and wanted to know which rose because apparently the beautiful insect is highly poisonous to certain plants. I know right who woulda thunk it? Of course I told them a different flower because I wasn’t done photographing the beautiful insect. Such is life….by the way all the roses came back this year so how poisonous can that little creature be anyway! Have a great day!!

  3. Gorgeous colors and love the way they work together. Little lady is sweet! 🙂

  4. Now that I am on the computer let me just say….that photo is exquisite. Thank you for sharing.

  5. L…….so glad that someone else is falling into macro. I use it as my “blue” tool. That being when I know I need to produce an image,falling into a funk. My heart and soul is shouting go make an image. I put my macro kit on and wander about the yard and for 5-10-30 to an hour I am swept away into an otherwise unseen world.

    The colors that mother nature puts together over power anything that I can alter in PS.

    My only fault is that it seems so easy, I feel I am cheating. But it is a good wonderful gratifying feeling…….enjoy…monos en theos…jim

    • Thank you so much for your comments Jim. Sometimes I can’t quite catch everyone’s blog in the reader so I just went to look at it again. It’s really wonderful! You have a great eye. 🙂

  6. Very nice natural explanation of complimentary color – and this is meant as a compliment 🙂
    Glad you are going mad with the macro too!

  7. Love that you’re shooting the bugs now 🙂
    Great macro Laura!

  8. Love this Laura 🙂 I’ve never seen a green ladybird!! Nature very often puts complimentary colours together 🙂 They certainly make for striking photographs!

  9. Wow, what a great photo. Amazing colours and I’ve never seen a green ladybug before. 🙂

  10. Pretty picture! I’m not much of a bug person but I do really like ladybugs. 🙂

  11. beautiful I have never see n a green lady bug! how cool

  12. Absolutely magnificent Laura

  13. absolutely gorgeous!!! The bug I believe is a cucumber beetle and he is a perfect colour contrast!! ( however he eats blossoms arghh unlike Mrs. Ladybug)!!

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  15. So cute! It’s the first green ladybug I’ve ever seen 🙂

  16. Reblogged this on B.E.S.T. Arts Gallery and commented:
    Fantastic close up Laura!

  17. Wonderful image Laura, colours are just gorgeous. I’m glad you are enjoying your new lens – I have the same one but don’t use it enough but every now and then I go a bit ‘macrotastic’ 🙂

  18. LOVE this image. It’s so pleasing to me. I am a huge bug fan, as far as capturing them on “film” goes. Not so much in my house. My backyard is overrun with dragonflies and I’m okay with that.

    • Ohhh I wish we had more dragonflies here. We do, but I never see them on bushes, I only see them flying around. Glad you liked the image Allison…this is a whole new world to me and I’m loving it!

  19. Ah the echinacea flower… Makes for such a stunning macro and this is one along with its little cucumber beetle. Love it!
    I love the things that have been said about macro here. For me its exactly these things… Seeing another world that I never knew was there… Right in front of me. Love it. Love the detail! Did I tell you I like this? 😛

  20. Wow! Love the colors and the little green VW. 🙂

  21. So beautiful, Laura! The macro lens, and a photographer like you, open the windows to a whole new world!

  22. A bug that is a lady is hard to resist! Nicely done, Laura!

  23. Spotted Cucumber Beetle. Some have stripes too.

  24. Beautiful shot and colors! (I keep a small color wheel that I picked up at a hobby store in my camera bag)

  25. Gorgeous! I love the composition, the composition, and the joy of it.

  26. Nice work, thank you for including the color wheel!

  27. I have never seen a green lady bug. It might be a transgender ladybug! Are there any male lady bugs? Maybe they’re called lad bugs? And thanks for the color wheel!

  28. Such vibrant colors, love them!

  29. The colour wheel. Very interesting, Laura. I’ve never heard of this, but now that I have I will keep it in mind when out taking photos. Absolutely love your photo of the ladybug. It is dwarfed by the petals of the flowers yet it still stands out – as if it’s kind of the world climbing up…up…and up that flower. With those spots on its back, it sure wants to be seen 😉

  30. This kind of spotted cucumber beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata) is a major agricultural pest insect of North America! Ladybug is the beneficial bug, the true keeper! Please do not mix them up… Great image, though. 🙂

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