Invasion of the Harlequin Ladybird and.......
.....birds,bugs and caterpillar.
The sun was shining for the first time in over a week, my wrist and elbow are on the mend and I needed to get out and take some photos. Have enough strength in hand to press buttons on camera but still not able to bend arm enough to take a photo using view on camera, but were there's a will there's a way.
Next to the park there used to be a nursing home, few years back they took it down and grasses it over, the plot is covered in Clover at the moment. At the front were the entrance would have been is five Maple trees all a different. The yellow leaves of one tree looked stunning in the sunlight.
This is were I first notice the Harlequins on the tree trunk. At first I counted over ten, then I noticed they were in the grass all around the tree, they were landing in my hair and on my cloths, across the land you could see them flying everywhere.
At first I thought there might have been a large colony in the tree and due to the warm weather they were all hatching a once.
|This one has a damaged shell, this could have happened when it first emerged, as they are soft. They need time to dry out.|
|There are over 100 colour pattern varieties of the Harlequin Ladybird|
Round the corner from the Old Nursing Home is the path that leads you onto both parks I visit, during the summer this was a hot spot for insects especially Harlequins and Ladybirds, here too was covered in Harlequins. All in different stages of development, Larvae to Pupae.
| Harlequin Larvae (14/9/14)|
This stage lasts between 7-10 days, still allot to hatch. Due to the rain we have had over the last week I did wonder if they are able to delay hatching till the conditions are right, having said that when they are in the Pupae stage they are at their most vulnerable.
Then here on the wall I was very lucky to spot a newly "hatched" bug, I never new they were yellow till I saw a photo of Ladybird on Mandy's Blog.
If look closely you can see this one could be a black one with two red spots. More information can be found here at Harlequin Ladybird Survey
While out I was lucky to spot a few things
|I think this is a Birch Shieldbug (Elasmostethus interstinctus)|
|Lichen on a Larch tree|
|Squirrel with a red face|