Weekly Photo Challenge: It Is Easy Being Green

This week it’s all to do with Green!

Lucy Ladybird has just ventured out to check the weather and make sure that her local leaves show off her beautiful red colouring!

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Yes….success I think!

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A soft and pretty green!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle 2

I’m rather partial to Ladybirds and was pleased to note that they fit into this week’s challenge!

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I think this ladybird’s circular spot has changed to a heart due to finding a plethora of aphids for dinner!!

That’s All!

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Macro Monday

Last week I photographed the pupa of a ladybird for the first time….I had never seen one before….It was AMAZING!

But first…..

Meet Lincoln Ladybird Larva who's wondering if that's his dad on the top of the nettle!

Meet Lincoln Ladybird Larva who’s wondering if that’s his dad on the top of the nettle!

Lionel Ladybird Larva is enjoying a moment sliding down the nettle! Well if you can't do tin when you're a juvenile ladybird, when can you eh??

Lionel Ladybird Larva is enjoying a moment sliding down the nettle! Well if you can’t do it when you’re a juvenile ladybird, when can you eh??

Leonard Ladybird Larva is wondering if he has taken the wrong path in life what with all the prickles he's encountering!

Leonard Ladybird Larva is wondering if he has taken the wrong path in life what with all the prickles he’s encountering!

And finally….Lucinda Ladybird Larva who is a bit of a free spirit!

And finally….Lucinda Ladybird Larva who is a bit of a free spirit!

Now…look what these little larvae will turn into…..

Yes….that's a ladybird pupa!

Yes….that’s a ladybird pupa!

…and this is L Ladybird Larva looking at his future, or is he turning his back on it??

…and this is Lionel Ladybird Larva looking at his future, or is he turning his back on it??

And, of course, here are the beautiful creatures they turn into…..

Lucinda Ladybird!

Lucinda Ladybird!

Leonard Ladybird!

Leonard Ladybird!

L Ladybird!

Lincoln Ladybird!

Lionel Ladybird is just taking a little longer than his friends to hatch out!

If you want to see a larva turning into a pupa, follow this link to Youtube

That’s All!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Room 2

My first two photos are under title of…

“I’m sorry  but we have no room!”

Here they are, making their way to their rooms!

Here they are, the small tortoiseshell caterpillars, making their way to their rooms!

 

Oh dear….not much room at all!

Oh dear….not much room at all!

And these three photos are under the title of….

“Hop on board, there’s room on top!!”

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For other photos under the them of ‘room’, visit Weekly Photo Challenge

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smooth Objects

To see the many and varied entries of this challenge, visit Cee!

But here’s mine!

I give you Harmonia Axyridis….

"I am indeed very smooth!" said Harmonia haughtily!  "See my shining curves, my softness and the sun twinkle on my shell!"

“I am indeed very smooth!” said Harmonia haughtily!
“See my shining curves, my softness and the sun twinkle on my shell!”

Harmonia stared at me, straight in the eye and said, "I particularly like sitting on bramble leaves as the tiny hairs tickle my underside in a very favourable way!"

Harmonia stared at me, straight in the eye and said, “I particularly like sitting on bramble leaves as the tiny hairs tickle my underside in a very favourable way! Now please take a long distance shot and catch the beautiful sky while you’re at it!”

What else could I do but obey!

"Can you still see me?" shouted Harmonia.

“Can you still see me?” shouted Harmonia.

Now I present a little information about this lovely ladybird!

It is commonly known as the harlequin ladybird . It is also known in North America as the multicolored Asian ladybird, and as Halloween ladybird. In Japan, it is not generally distinguished from the seven-spot ladybird which is also common there.

When the species first arrived in the UK, it was labelled as “the many-named ladybird”, because among the names listed were: multivariate, southern, Japanese, and pumpkin ladybird.

Anyway enough learning and on with the photos….

Harmonia is a little hot and finds a little shelter!

Harmonia is a little hot and finds a little shelter!

And here she is back at the tummy tickling place!

And here she is back at the tummy tickling place!

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That’s All!

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A Heart-warming Story!!

Meet Lydia Ladybird…..

Lydia Ladybird looks healthy, well and quite happy where she is!

Lydia Ladybird looks healthy, well and quite happy where she is!

However!!!

Not long before I took this photo….Lydia Ladybird was not looking so happy by any means! Poor thing had had some bad news about her house, her children and a fire which had caused her to fall down in a faint mid-flight after which she dropped on my patio!

Just look at the state she was in!

A terrible state from both the front…..

…..both the front…..

…and from behind!

…and from behind!

To be fair, I was quite fascinated with the rather lovely shape of Lydia’s wings! I don’t think I have seen Ladybird’s wings quite as clearly as this before.

Anyway, I digress…… Lydia Ladybird retold her sorry tale which fair tugged at the heart strings! Here was a ladybird who needed help! Here was I ready to give it!

I picked her up carefully….oh so very carefully for Ladybirds don’t half give off a pong when threatened…..and took her into the field behind my house. I found her a little bramble leaf (with no thorns…I wouldn’t be so cruel!) and settled her into a new life! She seemed ready to move on by this time. I believe Ladybirds don’t have a complex memory system (rather like my own!) and so she was no longer sad about her poor departed family and home!

Look!

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Here she is, ready to fly away to a new home! Bye Lydia Ladybird!!

Here she is, ready to fly away to a new home! Bye Lydia Ladybird!!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Ladybird Ladybird Fly Away Home…..Part 2!

So yesterday we left Lucinda wondering where her next meal would come from! She was having a hard time locating aphids even though she was told by Frederick Fly that they were simply everywhere! (He was right mind you!)

Let’s find out!

Feeling slightly apprehensive about the tightrope walk she was about to do, Lucinda forged forward spurred on by her growling tummy!

Feeling slightly apprehensive about the tightrope walk she was about to do, Lucinda forged forward spurred on by her growling tummy!

 

"Oh mmmm mmmm yum!' muttered Lucinda!

“Oh mmmm mmmm yum!’ muttered Lucinda!

 

If you look carefully, it looks like ladybirds eat the aphid's body and discard the head!

If you look carefully, it looks like ladybirds eat the aphid’s body and discard the head!

Success came at just the right time for Lucinda!

She’s off on another tightrope walk…..

Lucinda scrabbled onto the stalk with greed in her eyes!

Lucinda scrabbled onto the stalk with greed in her eyes!

 

The aphids scattered! (Well you would wouldn't you?)

The aphids scattered! (Well you would wouldn’t you?)

 

You've heard the expression "Rabbit in the headlights"? That aphid looks rooted to the spot!

You’ve heard the expression “Rabbit in the headlights”? That aphid looks rooted to the spot!

 

Oh that's one happy Lucinda!

Oh that’s one happy Lucinda!

 

"Mmm mmm mmm!"

“Mmm mmm mmm!”

 

All’s well that ends well!

That’s All!

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Ladybird Ladybird Fly Away Home…..”Not now,” said the Ladybird, “I’m hungry!”

Here’s Lucinda Ladybird  (Ladybug to any Americans paying attention to me!!).

She's sitting quietly wondering where dinner is!

She’s sitting quietly wondering where dinner is!

 

Poor old Lucinda Ladybird was very hungry! She wanted some aphids but couldn’t find any!

She looked everywhere!

She looked everywhere!

 

But could she find any aphids? Could she bolero!! (Personally I don't think she's looking very carefully!)

But could she find any aphids? Could she bolero!!
(Personally I don’t think she’s looking very carefully!)

 

She decided to go and find her friend Frederick Fly who knew everything and saw everything! AND…if it was something to do with food, he would definitely know how to help her!

"Well," said Frederick, "I think you need to look harder because there are lots around!" "Thank you I will!" said Lucinda politely even though inside she thought Frederick was a bit of a pratt and quite unhelpful!

“Well,” said Frederick, “I think you need to look harder because there are lots around!”
“Thank you I will!” said Lucinda turning politely even though inside she thought Frederick was a bit of a prat and quite unhelpful!

So off she went with just a little hope in her heart and a little hole in her tummy!

"They must be round here somewhere!" said Lucinda to herself, "I can smell them!"

“They must be round here somewhere!” said Lucinda to herself, “I can smell them!”

 

Will Lucinda find some aphids for dinner?

Why was Frederick so unhelpful?

Why are the aphids eating my lupins?

Is her home really on fire?

Come back tomorrow to see what happens next!

That’s All!

See Ya xx