Friday, October 4, 2013
This is a frequent sight in our garden early in the morning at this time of year - a seven-spot ladybird holed up inside (well, almost inside) the follicles of a columbine seed head. I don't think they go in for anything that's edible - they just seem to find it a good place to spend the night.
It's always worth avoiding the temptation to tidy up too soon in a garden in autumn, and instead leaving seed heads on plants throughout winter - aside from the seeds that they provide for birds, many provide shelter for small, overwintering insects.
Some, like this and this and this, also turn into very attractive 'skeletons'.