Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Ladybird Alert ~ Two 7-spots at Sutton Hoo
We were taking a quick stroll at Sutton Hoo (good excuse for a National Trust tea!) on our way back from Aldeburgh when we spotted this 7-spot Ladybird in a chestnut tree. I suppose these insects are protected from prickles by their elytra, but what a habitat to choose. The spiky chestnuts would, of course, afford good protection from predators. I hope this won't be my last Ladybird sighting of the year, but strangely, my first 2013 Ladybird was spotted (sorry!) in an equally prickly plant in the form of a gorse bush at Minsmere.
Sutton Hoo is the site of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time, namely the ship-burial of an Anglo-Saxon king, along with his treasures. It is an extraordiary site, and you never quite know who you will encounter in the woods on your way to the mounds ...
here on the UK Ladybird Survey site.