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 ...)


J said...

An interesting selection of Ladybirds and abbeys!

Glo said...

Good spotting! ;)