I Spy, … again!

A couple of weeks ago I posted a photo with a butterfly hiding in it. I really hadn’t seen it when pressing the shutter. Today another one for you…. Can you see who crept into the picture without me noticing?

(You can click on the picture to enlarge it!)


Glad to note she’s a native! πŸ˜‰

Have a lovely Sunday!

Update: a couple of interesting links on ladybirds and their invasive Asian counterpart the lady beetle.

Article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22554162

Pictures for comparison: http://www.diffen.com/difference/Asian_Lady_Beetle_vs_Ladybug

48 thoughts on “I Spy, … again!

  1. She’s tucked away there… the pink of the rosehips really draws your eye away from the beautiful (and native!) ladybird. It’s a lovely photo Cathy.

    • Thanks Sarah. Every year I say I’ll make rosehip syrup, but I never do because I can’t bear to pick them! They are so pretty, and visible from the living room.

    • Oh yes, that’s typical of Germany that they are said to bring luck. I’d never heard of it before I came here! (Pigs too are not “Glucksbringer” in England). Thanks for reminding me!

  2. It took me forever to find her – but finally I did! I just love seeing little surprises like that in pictures. It’s amazing what’s going on right under us that we don’t ever see!

    • Yes, I sometimes think it would be interesting to be a lizard or maybe a mouse for a day, and just watch all the life going on around me! We don’t see half of what’s down near the ground!

  3. My house and yard had a swarm that used to do wonderful work till I had blown insulation job done one winter/early spring and I have not seen one since next year I may have to order some online πŸ™‚

  4. Cathy, do you know the name of the berry bush? I’ve begun seeing it around here, but haven’t yet learned the name. I have a number of different viburnums with berries–other types too–but now I have to find this one! LOVE the huge size and orangy-red color. Now to go search for your butterfly……

  5. Oh….I see people calling them rosehips. I have plenty of rosehips but they are smaller. I guess I should ask the *variety* if you happen to know.

    • Hi Susan. It’s a Rosa rugosa… there are probably different types but I don’t know the name of this one. It has single pale pink, fragrant flowers from late spring through to autumn, and these hips are larger than most rose hips. I have seen some with darker, purpley flowers too though. It’s very prickly, but the bees adore it and get happily lost in the flowers! Hope you manage to find one, as they are great for pollinators. πŸ˜€

  6. Ladybugs are always awesome. :o) I saw a few butterflies feeding today in the sun. I was surprised but very happy to see them. It made seem like it was still summer for a few minutes.

    • I also saw just one butterfly yesterday – a little ragged, and rather slow. Hope it survives the storm we’re supposedly forecast. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Found it! And it blends in so beautifully with the colour of the rose, well done. A friend of mine in Alsace rang the other day and told me she had an invasion of yellow ladybirds in her house. She was close to tears. Millions of them in her bedroom etc. Obviously they use them as biological control in the cornfields but nobody had told them to stay there. πŸ˜‰

  8. I’m going to have to take your word that there is hidden creature Cathy in there somewhere but I’m struggling with a new pair of glasses πŸ™‚

  9. Although we use the word bug casually in English to mean ‘insect’, entomologists use bug to designate a specific group of insects. The traditional term ladybug is not technically correct because this kind of insect is a beetle rather than a true bug. Biologists have been pushing the term lady beetle to correct the common misconception.

    • That’s interesting Steve. In British English it is a ladybird (clearly not a bird either!), and a bug was – until recently – used to describe a virus or germ. (And nowadays other usages have become common too). So how we can distinguish between ladybugs and the Asian lady beetles in everyday language if the former are also beetles will remain to be seen!

      • The term ladybird exists in American English, too (and think about Lady Bird Johnson). The distinction between the Asian lady beetle and other species has to be made with a key of distinctive features. I’m not familiar with the Asian species, so I don’t know if there’s some easy-to-see characteristic that differentiates it from its relatives.

    • I think I’ll have to try and find some more photos with hidden guests! But this one really was a surprise to me when I sorted through my pictures at the end of the day. Just goes to show how we don’t really see everything that is around us! Have a great weekend Anna!

  10. Hi Cathy,
    This time of year for us we have millions of ladybugs migrate into our area, they are just everywhere. They cover our porch, deck, all the windows and It’s impossible to keep them out of the house. At any one time we probably have at least 1000 in our house right now, we just let them be until they die.

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