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Thursday, 3 June 2010

Nature is my Medicine.

2 spot ladybird (Adalia 2-punctata) on cow parsley.

22 comments:

Heather said...

Great pic!

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Nice!

Rosey said...

Did you use a macro lens for this? I love lady bugs. They rock.

Christina Thompson said...

Your photos of Chelsea were really beautiful. I think we enjoyed the same gardens. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment with the name of the Iris, I'll be visiting you again. Christina

Rothschild Orchid said...

Hi Christina, thanks for stopping by. Those irises were something else weren't they? I shall look forward to your visits :o)

Rosey, Yes ladybirds rock and yes I used a macro lens for this!

Thanks for the comments, Stilton and I had the best morning in the hay meadow. Just us, the sun and the sound of the birds singing. I was really chuffed to spot this little chap running up a cow parsley stem but it was quite difficult photographing him with a cat sat on my lap and refusing to move!

RO xxx

Julie Jordan Scott said...

This is ABSOLUTELY lovely! Like you, nature is my medicine...

My June 3 Wordless Wednesday

Emerald Window said...

Love the ladybug picture. I just bought a macro lens, but haven't played with it too much. We've been having record rain and photographing in the wet isn't much fun.
How is Stilton doing? My siamese, Foos, has been a BAD boy and so has to spend more time in the house now instead of outside playing. He got into a nest of baby birds at our neighbor's house and killed them. Natural for a cat, but the neighbor was heartbroken and a bit angry.
Foos, how you try your mother's patience!
Cenya

Rothschild Orchid said...

It is only natural, but never nice. Stilton having been a house cat for the first five years of his life is not really a very great hunter. He manages to pull the odd leg off a spider, make machine gun noises at the birdies and play with Silvi's dead mole's but that is about the sum of his killing prowess!

I've taken lots of pics of my beautiful boy today so hopefully a post on whats happening at Tumbledown will be following shortly. We've been bathing the billy goats this afternoon, oh god do I stink!!! Time for my bath I think ;)

Ellada said...

Hello,
I love your ladybug, great picture.

Lou said...

wooah, this photo has blown me away! Wish I could take such great pics.

I haven't seen that many ladybirds so far this year... my roses need you!

gardenlife said...

Hi RO, have you noticed how ladybirds are particularly attracted to fennel?!
My class of 8 yr olds and I did a ladybird survey last week, great excitement ensued as we hunted and counted spots..unfortunately I couldn't get the close up pics I wanted without a super duper macro lense!

Rothschild Orchid said...

Hi Gardenlife,

We have lots of ladybirds here but I had not noticed a preference for fennel. I have some lovely bronze fennel in the veg plot but I have never found any ladybirds in it. Today they all seemed to be down in the meadow on the cow parsley.

Macro lenses are great for picking up the detail, although ladybirds are tricky customers to photograph as they are such fast movers!

RO xx

Kate said...

Hi;
Love the title of your post. I wholeheartedly agree. Do you set ladybugs loose in your gardens? I do that every summer. I'm not sure if it does any good but I sure love to see them creeping about the flowers.

Rothschild Orchid said...

Hi Kate,

Tumbledown Farm is an organic smallholding in a very remote part of rural Lincolnshire. We are very lucky to have large numbers of ladybirds living here naturally. So no need to set them loose in the garden -luckily they organise that all by themselves. I love finding them all over the place and spotting where they have decided to overwinter at the end of the summer. They do a great job of munching their way through all the pesky aphids. I think they have to be right up there as some of my favourite garden visitors.

RO xxx

Alice Joyce said...

Hi RO
Cow parsley seems to be everywhere these days;-)
Just stopping by to say how much I enjoyed your Malvern posts, as I slowly catch up (attempt to catch up reading blogs). Not just Malvern, of course, I'm beguiled by all your topics and photos!
Will look for you on twitter?
xo
Alice

miu said...

Hello, I'm miu. I just start follow you if you don't mind. Your pics are so lovely. I never seen the 2 spot ladybug before. And Stilton is so beautiful. I love cats!
Hope I can visit your blog soon again.

elizabethm said...

I love ladybirds and we have loads but I could never get a picture like that - just fantastic. Nature is my medicine too. Just being outside always lifts my mood (unless it is chucking it down).

Tammy said...

Fantastic close-up!

HappyMouffetard said...

Gorgeous photo of a delightful garden friend. Never really understood why we used to, as children, antagonise them with poems about their houses burning down.

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Not much I can add to this other than my utter adoration of the photo, RO. Beautifully composed and photographed, as always.

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Just found you as you are following my blog, just wanted to say your photography is fantastic!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Fantastic image! I haven't seen ladybugs in my garden yet. It's cool and wet here.