Ladybug’s Picnic

Author Jodi Ambrose heard that I was posting a ladybird as my Photo of the Day today, and she wanted me to post more photos, so here are a few that I took and were okayish to use.

EDIT: Jennifer Windram has informed me that the final picture, the spiky thing is actually a baby ladybug. Thank you for that Jennifer, I appreciate your input.

67 thoughts on “Ladybug’s Picnic

  1. I love ladybugs/ladybirds. At this time of year, as the days shorten and are usually slightly cooler, and the nights most definitely fresher, hundreds often flock and attach themselves to warmed house sides, window panes and some are ingenuous enough to find ways in, other than buzz-flitting through an opened door. Inside they fly about, and crawl up the walls, often heading towards a light source, which I guess means they are seeking heat. I adore this and choose to let them be welcome in my home. They are entertainment for the cat and dog too – but mostly are wise enough to stay well out of harm’s reach.

    Great shots!

    • Thank you. I love seeing them. The funny thing today was that my daughter came back from her mum’s house with ladybug earrings in πŸ™‚

      I would love to see them, all in side. I would spend hours photographing them

      • Lol – big πŸ™‚ …. coincidence? the ladybug/bird earrings? that is wonderful …. I don’t have ladybug/bird earrings – but rather dragonflies. Love them too. Have any shots of them, perhaps?

        They (ladybugs/birds) are fascinating and so industrious. Mind-blowing.

        • I wish I did have photos of them. I have been terrified of them for many years since I was 10 and ran into a woods. I came out screaming with my back smothered in stings. I was told they were dragonfly stings so for many years as soon as I saw a dragonfly, I got out of there. In this last year, I have seen wasps, bees and dragonflies all together, and I think I may have disturbed a wasps nest or something there.

          I did try and photograph one a month or so ago, but the silly thing flew in front of a lorry and splatted

          • Oh no!

            I’m sorry to hear that you have experienced traumatic experiences regarding dragonflies. As far as I know, they don’t actually sting (I may be wrong- but am fairly confident). Perhaps you disturbed a wasps nest.

            I’ve been pelted by dragon/damselflies as they are swooping about catching bugs – their loopy-zoom air acrobatics are something – and I wasn’t *stung* but the hit/impact DID hurt. It felt like I had been pelted by a small rock.

            As for photographing them – it can be really difficult – unless you come across them in a pond or water source and it’s something like mating season or it is their hang out.

            Sorry again to hear about the bad experience. Had the same type of thing with garter snakes – which is why I still *lose* it whenever I see any type of snake. Yuck.

            Cheers. πŸ™‚

  2. Thanks for helping me learn a new thing today. That baby looks like a caterpillar!

    I haven’t forgotten your prompt… If not today… tomorrow πŸ™‚
    Thanks for your visits. Much appreciated.

    • You’re welcome. I learned some new things as well. I love it when that happens.

      There’s no hurry with the prompt. It’s open for a week πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Robyn. I had to check that the title was right. I wasn’t sure if it was Ladybirds Picnic or Ladybugs Picnic πŸ™‚

  3. Very beautiful pictures, Alastair ! Ladybugs are so cute !
    In my country there is an old habit. Adolescent girls, when they find a ladybugs, keep it in your hand and say this song : “Ladybugs , Ladybugs ! Get in the cart, and where you’ll go, there I will marry ! ” – Do not know if it was confirmed this, but the idea is funny!
    Have a quiet night , Alastair ! πŸ™‚

  4. Great photos. I’m a huge ladybug fan. And I like that you snapped one with a ladybug baby. They are so strange looking before they become the bugs we all recognize as ladybugs πŸ™‚

      • Oh, it’s the weird alligator looking thingy in the last picture. When they first hatch they look like that. They eat a ton of aphids (at least in my garden, that’s what they eat) and then they make a cocoon like capsule (like a butterfly) and become the adult ladybug. You can Google it, it’s pretty cool.

        I only know this because I became obsessed with getting rid of aphids in my garden and ladybug babies have voracious appetites πŸ™‚ So, no pesticides needed!

    • I know, they are cute πŸ™‚ I was hoping they would be clearer so I could use them for the photo of the day. Well, they made it to the picnic anyway πŸ™‚

      Thank you

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