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.
 The photo above shows the same Ladybird. The photo immediately below shows a second 7-spot seen at the same time on Saturday, and also embedded in a chestnut.
For those who may not know the area, 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 ...

Postcript ... if you come across Ladybirds in the UK, do record them here on the UK Ladybird Survey site.

5 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Great sighting of the Ladybirds. They are pretty! Love the last shot too! Have a happy day and week ahead!

Em Parkinson said...

Still no sightings at all this year Caroling - very depressing. In case you don't go back to see my reply to you, I said that I have seen flat worms before in the river here, but can't take credit for their identification. Partner showed me and I was absolutely amazed by them. Strange, strange creatures!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely photos! I don't think I've ever seen ladybirds in such a prickly place!

Margie said...

Wonderful captures, Caroline.

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