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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
Image Taken on 03 Jul 2009
at 18:15 Image of day on 13 Aug 2009
The skipper butterflies are difficult to differentiate in photos,
but we think this is a Large Skipper. But the most interesting
item we only spotted when preparing the image - a caterpillar
aligned along the edge of a partially eaten leaf.
Ref: 20090813_db1_20090703_1815_137 large skipper butterfly with camouflaged caterpillar eating leaf to the right (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009
at 14:35 Image of day on 01 Sep 2009
This was found in a patch of teasel. Its about ladybird size but
is actually one of many stages of life of a shieldbug with no
common name (see description). The dark areas including the row
of spots are iridescent.
Ref: 20090901_da1_20090725_1435_586 ft1 late instar nymph of shieldbug troilus luridus (7mm long) head iridescent on teasel (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 08 Sep 2009
at 16:16 Image of day on 20 Oct 2009
A change on land management in a our open area has brought a
flood of grasshoppers and crickets. We think we have identified
this grasshopper correctly.
Ref: 20091020_db1_20090908_1616_115 lesser marsh (q) grasshopper (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 30 Jul 2011
at 15:13 Image of day on 18 Sep 2011
The same Lesser Marsh Grasshopper moved onto some meadow 'weeds'
Ref: 20110918_db1_20110730_1513_004 lesser marsh grasshopper (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 11 Jul 2010
at 12:28 Image of day on 18 Aug 2010
On a patch of desiccated grass in the back garden, this
grasshopper obligingly allowed us a few images before hopping
off. We think it is a Lesser Marsh Grasshopper but we are not
knowledgeable enough to be sure. Note the stunning and colour
match with dead grass (like it is at the bottom of rank grass)
even though produced by different materials.
Ref: 20100818_df1_20100711_1228_096 (prob) lesser marsh grasshopper (crop)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 30 Jul 2011
at 15:10 Image of day on 18 Sep 2011
We really enjoy Grasshoppers, although a combination aging ears
and a generally noisier environment means that we can rarely hear
their stridulation. This as a Lesser Marsh Grasshopper. Its just
about invisible unless you see it land.
Ref: 20110918_db1_20110730_1510_002 lesser marsh grasshopper on vertical grass blade (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 25 Jun 2010
at 19:56 Image of day on 12 Aug 2010
We had a photograph of a Whitethroat with caterpillar on 26 May
2010, so this one a month later must be another family.
Ref: 20100812_d45_20100625_1956_037_fb1 lesser whitethroat (q) with caterpillar in beak (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 26 May 2010
at 06:13 Image of day on 03 Jul 2010
Another first for us. After some internal and external debate we
conclude that this is a Lesser Whitethroat. This one would appear
to have a nest nearby & it is collecting breakfast for some
Ref: 20100703_d45_20100526_0613_093_fb1 lesser whitethroat with caterpillar (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 06 May 2011
at 11:24 Image of day on 08 Jun 2011
The Long-tailed tits continue to catch tiny caterpillars and
'show them to us' outside the living room window. This one looks
like it has just spotted the camera. We have no idea where the
Ref: 20110608_df1_20110506_1124_015 long-tailed tit with caterpillar in beak (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 03 May 2011
at 08:19 Image of day on 02 Jun 2011
Ref: 20110602_df1_20110503_0819_082 long-tailed tit with caterpillar in beak (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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