The story of the 7 Spot Ladybird in Winter ...a Scottish one!
It's the 21st January. Snow blankets the garden like a thick white woollen shroud.
The thermometer reads -6.8°C and daylight has finally arrived. It's time to layer up and get out into the winter garden. With every step you take there's a distinct crunch.
The air feels thick, raw and piercing. Moreover it chills to your very bones. You inhale and the lining of your nose starts to sting. You exhale and your breathe lingers in the air like fog.
Brrrrh ...what I am doing outside at 8 am with a camera?
Natural Ladybird Antifreeze
On my last blog post If you were a ladybird where would you spend the winter? I shared how I quite by accident found this little ladybird in the garden.
I thought it was in diapause (a period of dormancy in an insect especially during unfavourable environmental conditions.) but after observing it for days I discovered that it was much more active than I first realised.
Who would have thought that a 7 spot ladybird in winter would be active? I certainly didn't!
The story of the 7 Spot ladybird in winter continues ...
Oh no was it going to fly off before I got a chance to photograph it once again?
The next day it had gone. Hopefully it flew to somewhere much warmer in the garden!
In the meantime I've found another 7 spot ladybird. This time in the front garden and on a plant that has been used before as a ladybird winter home as I recorded here in 2012 - 1st Phenology Report of the Year. This one comes out when it's sunny and by evening it tucks itself back into the Carlina acaulis thistle seed head. Just as well as this week the temperature has dipped down to -7°C /19.4°F overnight in the garden.
Don't you think that bugs can be fascinating to observe? I appreciate the 'little things' in life much more as I get older!