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Saturday, 24 October 2009

Undercover Operation.

13 comments:

James A-S said...

Nice.
We have a plague of Harlequin ladybirds at the moment. I collected 42 from our bedroom yesterday.
Am considering retiling the shower.

Liz said...

Hehee, very good!

I saw many Ladybirds yesterday... Some I fear were Harlequins though :(

Rothschild Orchid said...

That would make an interesting design statement :oD

They are pretty little buggers but I don't like them. They seem to be taking over at an alarming rate. I guess it's survival of the fittest and all that, but I will support our little British chaps til the end!

Ryan said...

Love it.

It's amazing how quickly insects populate a garden. When I started my current garden the previous owner had completely removed every plant, covered it with permeable membrane and covered the entire space with gravel.

Since then I have slowly removed all gravel and planted the area. I'm now seeing the fruits of my labour. Had a few ladybirds this season and hoping that next year should prove to be very exciting in terms of insects. No Harlequins here yet though.

Ryan

Liz said...

I have to admit I do usually kill any Harlequins I come across, I do feel terrible about it and no doubt it's a waste of energy anyway as they'll likely continue to spread...

These yesterday confused me because they had the brown legs but didn't have the 'M' on their head and weren't particularly large - a size I would expect, so I left them but now worry I made the wrong decision...

mangocheeks said...

I live in the West of Scotland, and I have barely seen any ladybirds this year. Please send some of them up here, would be most appreciated.

Rothschild Orchid said...

We have had lots of british ladybirds at Tumbledown this year and I thought we had escaped the evil alien invaders but then I went a spotted one last week :o(

There's some very useful info on The Harlequin Ladybird Survey site including identification photo's if you are interested ...
http://www.harlequin-survey.org/recognition_and_distinction.htm

RO :o)

Joanne said...

Hi I just popped by to say I tagged you for a Meme please visit my blog and you will see I have linked to your lovely Wisteria and Cow Parsley.

Sylvana said...

Those are beautiful Chinese Lanterns. She was surely admiring them up close - or perhaps mistook it for another ladybug?

Bay Area Tendrils Garden Travel said...

Hi Liz
Ladybugs... as we call them, I thought they were all considered 'good,'
so it surprises me to hear about evil aliens!
btw, 'Ladybird' has a nicer ring to it.

Kiki said...

What a beautiful photo..the monochromatic color scheme of orange & orangey red!! Love it! Very festive for Autumn too!

Mary Delle said...

I'm with Kiki. The photo it really fantastic. The ladybird looks very happy on the Chinese lantern. Didn't know they could be harmful.

CatOnHotBricks said...

Wonderful photograph - I am envious of both your photography skills and your cats - I travel too much to be able to have a Cat (unles it likes to live in a backpack)so I have to live vicariously through other peoples cats, take care