Sunday, July 6, 2014

Ladybirds

It's been a good year for ladybirds in our garden - here's a selection of the species that have visited so far:




















2-spot ladybird

















7-spot ladybird






































10-spot ladybirds





















Melanic 10-spot ladybird - black and red colours reversed


















Cream-spot ladybird
























Orange ladybird


























14-spot ladybird


Most of these appeared on blackcurrant and gooseberry bushes - probably because both have been infested with aphids and mildew that are eaten by various ladybird species.


6 comments:

  1. You are beating me on the ladybird score for certain. BUT, guess who appeared here this morning? Only a female Purple Emperor, who had been attacked by a robin and then sat on my hand for ages. I got lots of piccies and am still smiling, as I probably will be for the next year... :-)

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  2. Ooh, Countryside Tales - what a gift!

    Phil I have seen one Ladybird this year, a seven spot. I don't know what it happening in my area!

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    1. There are often more about after the second generation emerges in mid summer, so there's hope yet!

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  3. Great selection Phill, I've done realy well this year so far with ladybirds, even these can be tricky to I.D some times (well for me any way).
    Amanda xx

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    1. IDing the various colour morphs of the different species can really tricky, can't it?

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