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Ladybird Beetles [並の天道虫 Asian lady beetle] update with Take-off films

This ladybird beetle is a known 'internationals'. It may lives in whole continents, Europe and North America as well. Why is it named Asian ladybird beetle? Because it came from Asia. Until 17 century Europe didn't know this species. A possibility is the fact that it might be brought by sailing vessels of the United East Indian Company (note 1).

If such case happened in 17 cuntury, tiny insects could survive with cargo in long ship journey from Asia to Europe. It's said nowadays too that the ladybird beetle is distributed in Nepal, China, Taiwan and Japan. In a case of the last land it could consider places such as (from) Dejima, Hirado and Nagasaki.

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Nami-Tento-musi is the name in Japanese, means Common ladybird beetle. So not special type in Japan, you can easily find them here and there. Yet it's European name do not have 'common' instead of 'Asian', this is certainly very very 'common'. [note 2]

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These two types belong to a species, exactly common ladybird beetle according to a book of the insect. Left-above : wings with which the insect flies. Its English name is therefore 'Ladybird' beetle. [note 3] It's said a lot of variations as concerns as colour, pattern, number of dots. Some are to collect them with different variations. The 4 dots upon dark surface looks nice and beautiful to my feeling.

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A picture you watch here ↓tells that all of them came into inside from outside through ventilation-slits. And died mostly or going to die that you can see. It seems they wanted to escape from cold street, but after all miserable death by getting themself drying once being in my sleeping room, Why do they a kind of suicide? Though I've not much idea on a point, presumably male and female have just done their duty in order to make next generation. It's perhaps a crazy imagination isn't it!

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Both have about 16-20 dots. but colors are slightly different. Left : yellowish, Right : reddish
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This is the larva that differs completely from the adult. Yet I'm not sure this thing is the exact larva of Asian=common lady beetle, it could be associated with a fantasy huge animal socalled Ohmus which appears in the animation film by Miyazaki [note 4]
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2 dots and 5 dots

Two other types. grid on paper : 5mm

↓I've got an information about these films on Youtube (thanks to Catharina). Aviation engineers might have referred not a little from this folding mechanism and half vertical take-off.

1. in Dutch: Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie VOC. 東インド組合会社 Reference : The logo↓
VOC logo

2. "Common" in English → of frequent or usual occurence; not extraordinary; general; habitual [as no.3 definition by Unabridged Webster's]. you may think,: just very ordinary, you would be tired of it.

3. In English : Asian ladybird beetle (UK?) / Asian lady beetle (US?). Scientific name : Harmonia axyridis. In Dutch : "Veelkleurig Aziatisch lieveheersbeestje" means "Multicolored Asian friendly gentleman ". Britain says "ladybirds" while Dutch says "kind man". It is controversial and funny, acoording to me, although there are both male and female upon the animal.

4 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Japanese: 風の谷のナウシカ : Kaze no Tani no Naushika) in 1982 by Hyato Miyazaki.
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