Saturday, 24 March 2012

Ladybird ladybird fly away home......................................................................

 It's been a lovely warm sunny day with temperatures reaching 19c.
Unfortunately I was at work this morning... returning home I went into the garden to have a tidy up and top up the feeders... it was warm enough to leave my french doors open.... when I went back inside this little fella was crawling around the floor. 

A Seven-spot Ladybird (Coccinella 7-punctata) a common species but a new visitor to my home.

I grabbed the camera and captured these images.. heavily cropped.
Ladybirds are only 7-9mm in length.

It was scuttling around looking for a way out... so I opened the garden doors a bit wider.

  You can see his wing case (elytra) opening just before it flew over to the door.

 A quick look outside... then it was off.


Every time I see a ladybird it reminds me of the poem from my childhood. 
The English rhyme dates from around 1744... other country's will have their own version.

                                                Ladybird, ladybird fly away home,
                                                Your house is on fire and your children are gone,
                                                All except one,
                                                And her name is Ann,
                                                And she hid under the baking pan.

The warm sunny weather is forecast to continue tomorrow... the walking boots are by the front door and the cameras are ready... Sunday is my favourite day of the week.... enjoy yours.

24 comments:

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

My Mother use to tell me that Lady Bugs were good luck and are good for your garden.

We get millions of these little ladies around our house each summer. One year a few made their way into the house and were still alive two months later when I found them!

Joop Zand said...

Very nice shots Andrew.

greetings, Joop

TexWisGirl said...

i, too, have been told that ladybugs (ladybirds) are good luck. :) enjoy your sunday, tomorrow!

Horst in Edmonton said...

In a way they are good luck, they eat other insects that can do a lot of damage to your garden. Hope the warm stays for you and that you have a great weekend.

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely Ladybirds, brilliant photos. I am a silly thing, but, I don't understand the poem?????????

Giga said...

Cudowne zdjęcia przygody biedronki. Pozdrawiam.*** Wonderful pictures of the adventures of a ladybug. Yours.

Carole M. said...

loving the lady-bird Drew and I do remember the little poem. Those olde-worlde poems are funny to read back on, quite how they were constructed verbally and yet they lingered on forever, right up until your last post. Would you think our blog posts see it around again all those years later by someone? Looking forward to your Sunday trek with cameras.

joo said...

Beautiful macro photos, Andrew!

Gillian Olson said...

Great pictures, especially that last one. Hope you have a good ramble tomorrow (Sunday).

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my gosh that is the prettiest ladybug I have ever seen. sandie

Helene said...

What great photos! How often do you get to see a ladybug getting ready for flight! Very cool!

Susan Scheid said...

Wonderful set of photographs--so clear and close! We have quite the ladybug situation at our house each spring. They are apparently attracted to white (the outside of our house is white), and nestle in crevices over the winter. Many don't make it through--they dry out, poor things--but those that do are coming out all over the house. Part of the rhythm of the seasons here; another sign of spring.

heyBJK said...

Love your close-ups! We used to get thousands of ladybugs in the fall at another house we lived in. Some of them would get in the windows and die and we would have to vacuum up all the little dead bodies. The live ones stunk, too.

Marias Teater said...

Lovely; Andrew - very touching to me. Have a nice Sunday!

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

You totally charmed me.. You're a good man to rescue that ladybug.. not all would.
Enjoy your Sunday, may it be extra nice.

John said...

Hi Andrew,
There seems to be quite a glut of these little creatures everywhere I look at the moment, hopefully that means that the aphids will be kept in check for this year!
J
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Sandra said...

these are great, i have tried once to get a good shot of the tiny little ladies, but not as good as these. i really like that last shot, my first time ever to see one open like that

cieldequimper said...

Love the last shot so much! I usually pick them up and put them back outside. I have also been known to pick them up from the pavement to avoid other people crushing them...

I'm told that our indigenous species are at risk because of an Asian species though...

Hope you are having a better Sunday than I am. Badly sprained my ankle, on sick leave and looking longingly at the blue sky through the window!

Tammy said...

Lovely ladybug close ups! I like how you captured there 2 sets of wings.

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Happy Sunday to you too! Familiar rhyme....and I always loved those little creatures until one Fall when they invaded our RV -- we had zillions of them in there looking for a winter home. Actually I still love them -- it was just that one year when, for a short time, I didn't!

sophie...^5 said...

I loves ladybugs...sometimes they land on my nose...really they do! winky wink

JM said...

Lovely sequence!

NixBlog said...

Great macros!

Pantherka said...

This is a wonderful series, you were lucky, very beautiful.
Greetings.