These incredibly detailed photographs show how a ladybird’s polka dot wings look when they are covered in morning dew.
The pictures, which offer a window into the rarely-seen world of the very small, reveal how tiny water droplets settle on the beetles’ bodies.
Amateur photographer Cristian Arghiuș, 34, captured the images while on a morning walk in the countryside near his home.
He said: “I’ve played with ladybirds since my childhood.
“I’ve photographed these beetles so often because they are my favorite macro subjects and I find them everywhere in autumn. Every time I meet these beetles in the field, I take several pictures of them.”
Mr Arghiuș, an orthopedic surgeon of Alba Iulia in Romania, said capturing such intricate detail can pose a technical challenge.
He said: “The ladybirds were photographed in the early morning when there is a lot of dew on the vegetation.
“The images were not staged in any way – the insects were photographed in their natural environment, close to the ground. They are a challenge to shoot, as their wings reflect a lot of light.”
Ladybirds are popular among gardeners because they enjoy eating aphids, a common plant-eating pest. Their patterned wing covers are designed to warn away potential predators.
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