Random Ramblings

Random Ramblings: Personal observations on a wide variety of subjects. Photographs of creatures and things that are taken on seeing the unusual as well as everyday things.

Will this be the year of the Ladybird?

Every so often a specific insect population takes the top spot. I’m not sure whether it has anything to do with certain weather conditions or whether insects just have cycles. Judging by the amount of early Ten-spot ladybirds there are around at the moment this could well be the year of the ladybird.

If we are to have wonderful plagues of this small brightly coloured insect, it couldn’t have come at a better time. The reason I am so excited at the prospect of having swirling masses of one of my most favourite of insects is that it has come at a time when we are being invaded by an Asian strain that has been given the old world name from around 1779 of ‘harlequin.’ Oh how innocuous harlequin sounds to the ear! Yet it is larger and more deadly than every other ladybird we have on our shores and apparently besides eating both the young and fully grown adult ladybirds of the British Isles, also nests inside buildings in large quantities and it bites!!

The British ladybird ten-spot is well noted for its variety in appearance, which if anything helps the harlequin ladybird to stay hidden as it slowly creeps Northwards ..

I have taken a few pictures of some of the wonderful colour displays and variations of the ten-spot which are currently flying about.

A pair of unusual ladybirds mating

Black - four-spot ladybird6

Common Ten-spot ladybird

A rear view

Single colour ladybird

Multi-spot ladybird



unikorna said...

Beautifullllll ladybirds I love them. I plan writing a story based on them.

FiSh. ohFISHiee said...

the ladybirds look healthy there, with vibrant colors :)

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Ecl Tan said...

I haven't seen a real ladybird for years. Wish you could pack some and send them over. :P

Lady Banana said...

I love ladybirds. I remember some years ago a plague of them.

I've not seen any yet this year though..

Isolated Existence. said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing...

jeevan said...

wooooo so nice ladybird.really i like ladybird.thanks a lot

Caitlin Ricci said...

Very cool pics. I had no idea that there was that much variation between them.

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