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Image Taken on 11 Jul 2011
at 10:19 Image of day on 25 Aug 2011
We didn't realise Hover-flies came this big or Gorgeous
and had an expert confirm our ID as a Volucella zonaria.
He commented 'I think it's the biggest native
species of hover-fly, but only took up residence in Britain in
the 1940s. ... The larvae live in wasp nests.'
Ref: 20110825_df1_20110711_1019_067 hover-fly volucella zonaria on blackberry flower (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 06 Oct 2017
at 12:49 Image of day on 15 Nov 2017
Ivy always seems an unlikely plant to make flowers, but each year we get a good
show at the end of the summer. The insects really appreciate this late bounty.
Ref: 20171115_df3_20171006_1249_175 ivy flower with wasp flying in (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 19 Sep 2014
at 15:46 Image of day on 28 Nov 2014
Seeing this ladybird at the beginning of autumn reminded us that
after a flurry in the spring, we saw very few in the summer.
This is our regular 7-spot species, and relief at seeing
very few Harlequin invaders this year.
Ref: 20141128_df2_20140919_1546_531 7-spot ladybird(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 31 Aug 2013
at 08:36 Image of day on 21 Oct 2013
On a Dandelion leaf we made our first recorded sighting here
of the tiny 22-spot ladybird.
Ref: 20131021_p10_20130831_0836_983 22-spot ladybird (first ever image) on dandelion leaf (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 03 Mar 2007
at 10:39 Image of day on 11 Mar 2007
Warm enough to tempt out this Ladybird for a walk on the violets.
Ref: 20070311_p34_20070303_1039_541 ladybird and violets(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 30 Oct 2010
at 12:29 Image of day on 01 Jan 2011
Talking of 7-spot ladybird - this dead hogweed seems to be a good
place for them to cluster in the sunshine.
Ref: 20110101_p34_20101030_1229_288 6 7-spot ladybird clustered in dead hogweed (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 10 Mar 2015
at 16:08 Image of day on 24 Apr 2015
The first Ladybird out and about this year, rather than comatose
in some protected cranny. This is our most common - the 7-spot
ladybird - sunning itself on a piece of Lichen.
Ref: 20150424_df2_20150310_1608_269 7-spot ladybird in blackthorn hedge on piece of yellow lichen (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 17 Feb 2007
at 11:31 Image of day on 25 Feb 2007
This ladybird was hiding in the creases in the bark of a
Ref: 20070225_p34_20070217_1131_918 ladybird in elm bark(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 09 Aug 2009
at 11:36 Image of day on 24 Sep 2009
Ref: 20090924_da1_20090809_1136_066+1234_165_ft1 7-spot ladybird in flight with hawthorn twig (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 14 Jun 2019
at 12:32 Image of day on 03 Aug 2019
A 7-spot Ladybird Larva on a mint leaf.
Ref: 20190803_df5_20190614_1232_001 7-spot ladybird larva on mint leaf(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 30 Mar 2014
at 12:47 Image of day on 18 May 2014
This 7-spot ladybird has chosen a blackberry leaf to sun itself.
Ladybirds are surprisingly active even near freezing temperatures
as we discovered when researching appearances of insects in
UV light - see
Seven spot ladybird in UV. Even at 4 degrees C one
was walking about rather than torpid like most other insects at the temperature.
Once warmed up all the insects went back unharmed to where we found them.
Ref: 20140518_p10_20140330_1247_752 7-spot ladybird on blackberry leaf (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 02 Sep 2018
at 09:59 Image of day on 24 Oct 2018
There has been a severe dearth of Ladybirds this year, but those we have seen
are mostly the native 7-spot species photographed here, rather than more recent
years predominantly 'Harlequins'.
Ref: 20181024_df3_20180902_0959_072 7-spot ladybird on debris from clearing scrub in meadow(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 30 Mar 2014
at 12:45 Image of day on 18 May 2014
We are pleased to see 7-spot Ladybirds in many sunlit patches.
Here one of several sunning themselves on a Lodgepole pine cone.
Ref: 20140518_p10_20140330_1245_746 7-spot ladybird on developing lodgepole pine cone(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 13 Jul 2009
at 12:36 Image of day on 08 Sep 2009
This year 7-spot ladybirds outnumber the Harlequin invader several to one.
This chance photo is the result of a set of 'framing exposures'.
For the uninitiated, enthusiast's cameras can usually be set to
take 3 or more sets of images per shutter press at nominal,
underexposed and overexposed so that you can be fairly sure of
getting a decent one. But as the camera took the 3 images the
insect flipped under the leaf. So we used the paint package to
adjust the exposures to roughly match to build this little sequence.
Ref: 20090908_p34_20090713_1236_283+284+295 7-spot ladybird swinging under leaf (approx 700ms interval montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 09 Aug 2009
at 11:24 Image of day on 24 Sep 2009
At last - a 7-spot ladybird willing to fly indoors!
Put it on a leaf, it walked to the light, waiting a moment at the
tip, and off it flew. Another 7-spot alternated with it preferred
to walk back up the twig and hide. Never realised the wings have
a little spot matching the carapace.
Ref: 20090924_da1_20090809_1124_018+019_ft1 7-spot ladybird takeoff and in flight (montage about 250ms apart)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 30 Mar 2019
at 09:18 Image of day on 01 May 2019
A heat-trap made by a 'wall' of Lodgepole Pine trees facing SSW contains a
wonderful selection of nooks and crannies, making this a favourite place for the
British resident 7-spot Ladybird. In a couple of minutes we found 10, of which
this was the most photogenic.
Ref: 20190501_df5_20190330_0918_033 7-spot ladybirds below and on lodgepole pine (orig)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 16 Nov 2010
at 08:04 Image of day on 15 Jan 2011
We showed you this group of 7-spot ladybirds on the image for
1 Jan 2011, but not like this after an
overnight frost. Doubt that they could be active now, but working
with them for technical photos we can tell you that they can be
quite lively at 4 degrees C.
We are trying to decide what to do with this stem.
It is very exposed and fear it will break & dump its cargo.
Ref: 20110115_p34_20101116_0804_529 10 7-spot ladybirds covered in thawing frost on dead hogweed (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 08 Mar 2011
at 16:09 Image of day on 05 Apr 2011
Ref: 20110405_p34_20110308_1609_948 7-spot ladybirds in hollow stem (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 23 Mar 2006
at 13:10 Image of day on 29 Mar 2006
Most of the Beech trees are still hanging onto their autumn
leaves, and this pair of ladybirds are using them for cover.
Ref: 20060329_p32_20060323_1310_064 2 ladybirds on dead beech leaf (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 07 Oct 2010
at 10:21 Image of day on 02 Dec 2010
By the standard of recent years we have a decent number of 7-spot
ladybirds & only a few Harlequins. This group of 4 7-spots were
hiding under a leaf in the hedge and were rudely turned vertical
for a picture.
Ref: 20101202_p34_20101007_1021_909 4 7-spot ladybirds under leaf in hedge(r+mb id@576).jpg
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