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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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!

See Ya xx

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

So I have a story to tell for this challenge and it’s about some dear little ladybirds!

You may wonder how I can twist this round to ‘nostalgic’ but I’m sure I can….

Watch…..

Susie Louise The Seven Spot Ladybird loved climbing up......

Susie Louise The Seven Spot Ladybird loved climbing up……

 

....and climbing down.......

….and climbing down…….

 

....and climbing along!

….and climbing along!

Her best friend was called Walter Louie the Water (red) ladybird.

Here he is….

He also liked climbing up.....

He also liked climbing up…..

 

...and climbing down.....

…and climbing down…..

 

....and climbing along!

….and climbing along!

They met once a week for tea at Walter Louie’s house. Apparently there had been some sort of terrible accident at Susie Louise’s house (something to do with faulty electrics that had caused a fire!) so Walter Louie’s house was the most convenient location!

Whenever they got together they used to reminisce about when they were young. Walter would get out photos of when he was a larva….

"Oh Susie Louise," he chuckled, "remember that game of hide and seek we had! It took you ages to find me there in that nettle!"

“Oh Susie Louise,” he chuckled, “remember that game of hide and seek we had! It took you ages to find me there in that nettle!”

 

"Oh ho ho ho," laughed Walter Louie as he looked at himself in his teenage years photo, "Just look how carefree I was then!"

“Oh ho ho ho,” laughed Walter Louie as he looked at himself in his teenage years photo, “Just look how carefree I was then!”

 

Susie Louise would then pull out her photo album and produce her own larval shots……

"Ahhh Walter Louie," said Susie Louise, her voice full of nostalgia, "remember that nettle slide down Stingerton? What fun we had!"

“Ahhh Walter Louie,” said Susie Louise, her voice full of nostalgia, “remember that nettle slide in Stingerton? What fun we had!”

 

"And look a photo of me and Calendula Caterpillar! She was always trying to get out of being in photos!" chortled Susie Louise.

“And look a photo of me and Calendula Caterpillar! She was always trying to get out of being in photos!” chortled Susie Louise.

 

"Oooh I remember I was taking prickles out of my underbelly for days after I crawled along that plant....didn't do that again in a hurry!" confessed Susie Louise!

“Oooh I remember I was taking prickles out of my underbelly for days after I crawled along that plant….didn’t do that again in a hurry!” confessed Susie Louise!

And after their tea, they would go their separate ways until the next time!

Well now…do you think I touched ‘Nostalgic’ with this story?

Let me know what you think!

Also, Ladybird Larva really do look like that!! Metamorphosis will happen rather like it does with a caterpillar and a butterfly!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

 

Autumn Cobwebs

Before I begin today’s blog, I would just like to say about the times when the photos do not appear properly or in full on my daily meanderings. This is most frustrating for me and maybe for you, but I am hoping that I have sorted it out-a long and boring process I can tell you! Fingers crossed!

Anyway, Saturday was a misty moisty Autumn morning and I took lots of photos of dewy cobwebs in various different places. I hope you enjoy them:

This cobweb is about 15 inches long.

A little closer this time

Beautiful Autumn colours and a little bit of cobweb!

Stunning berries

Ah Sweet!

All Cobwebbed up!

Don’t you just love poppies at any time in their cycle?

And another!

Love it!

Great Globules!

Ah!

And that’s all for today.

See Ya xx