Saturday, 23 April 2011

Ladybird Alert (2): Spring 2011

Spotted (sorry!) on 30 March 2011 ~ indoors on a cushion cover

I have got rather behind with Ladybird postings for 2011.

I think the one above has 18 spots. In some respects it resembles the Harlequin ladybird, f. succinea (or Harlequin ladybird Harmonia axyridis var. succinea), but I think it was rather small and the spots do not quite correspond. 

Roche Abbey, Yorkshire ... where on 2 April 2011 we saw the following Ladybird ...

Possibly a fairly common Seven-spot ladybird, Coccinella 7-punctata

This shows a bit more of its habitat.
The next Ladybird we noticed (6 April 2011) was Queen of Scarborough Castle ...

A rather ragged Queen! (10-spotted, f. decempunctata)
The following Ladybird was seen at Mount Grace Priory in Yorkshire, UK, on 7 April 2011:

Coccinella 7-punctata

Monastic ruins seem to make good Ladybird homes. This insect was seen at Byland Abbey on 9 April 2011:

I'm not sure whether the faint 'spots' are significant.

Byland Abbey, Yorkshire

Ladybird pages (do record your findings ...)


Jeremy said...

An interesting selection of Ladybirds and abbeys!

Glo said...

Good spotting! ;)