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Image Taken on 03 Nov 2019 at 09:12    Image of day on 15 Dec 2019

A few metres from the house we have a simple little conical rain gauge from which we record the last days rain every morning. On this morning the edge glowed with a green speck which close inspection turned out to be a Juniper Shieldbug. The morning was cold and wet and the insect was comatose with several raindrops on their back (very clear in the bottom image) and in the top image one at the centre magnifying the underlying pattern.
We managed to read and empty the gauge without disturbing the 'sleeping' insect!

Ref: 20191215_p10_20191103_0912_368+371 juniper shieldbug (cyphostethus tristriatus) with raindrops comatose on rain gauge (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 25 Sep 2020 at 16:15    Image of day on 11 Nov 2020

The female Kestrel sees something in the recently cut grass margin, and dives onto it. You sort of expect a rodent to be the target, but no, this Cranefly is worthy of the effort.

Ref: 20201111_df3_20200925_1615_176 kestrel female catching cranefly then running over grass for another catch 01 of 19 (detail crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 25 Sep 2020 at 16:15    Image of day on 11 Nov 2020

Then a first for us - this female Kestrel runs over the grass to grab another prey item. The bird is, not unexpectedly, not particularly good at running, and we show here about every third image of those taken at 7 fps - so just under half a second between each image accurately montaged except for the last which would overlap the previous, hence the white bar. We never saw what she caught, but the grass is alive with Craneflies.

Ref: 20201111_df3_20200925_1615_182-204 kestrel female catching cranefly then running over grass for another catch 03+08+11+14+17+19 of 19 (accurate montage @7fps)(r+mb id@1024).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.

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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.

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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 diseased elm.

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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




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