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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Two ladybirds/ladybugs??

Or are they??
 No, as a matter of fact they aren't, even nearly the same as the top one is a beetle and the bottom is a bug. LOL!! More confusion. :)

Ladybirds/bugs belong to the Coccinellidae family. They are smallish have have a very smooth, glossy look about them. The one below belongs to the Scutelleridae family and is part of the Shield Bug family. It is almost 4 times the size of the Ladybird/bug and as you can see, it is not smooth but has indentations. This one is a Ladybird Bug. LOL!! I know, I know....more confusion. :)
 I have seen some amazing colors in Crab Spiders but this has to be the prietiest by far.
 Crab spiders belong to the Thomisidae family. They are all very small and cute.
 Now if you have to sit and wait for prey to come along so you can dine, surely there is a more comfortable place to do your waiting beside being on such a prickely plant?? :) Ah well, I guess beggars can't be choosers. :)

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