Return to moorhen home page

Return to section index

Image-of-the-Day by Subject

Insects (assorted) Page 11

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 diseased elm.

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 08 Aug 2019 at 10:49    Image of day on 26 Sep 2019

Not many Ladybirds of any sort at the moment, so we're pleased to see this native 7-spot walking around on the Blackberry leaves, undoubtedly in search of their favourite food - Aphids.

Ref: 20190926_df3_20190808_1049_002 7-spot ladybird on blackberry 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

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




Comments and requests for image use

To make a comment, ask for information or to request a full resolution image, send us an email including the reference or the date for the image you are interested in.

All initial contacts should be made using the icon below:-

Mail Us