Friday, August 7, 2009

Painting - 07/08/09

Mrs B reported a wave of migrant ladybirds this afternoon, whilst swimming with the kids, which reminded me of this melanic (industrial morph) two-spot ladybird snapped recently in Germany. Do not recall spotting this before.

Another scorching day of painting - would have been good for dragonflies, but I will have to paint every fine day from now on to get the house finished - bummer. Avian highlight came in the form of a small flock of five common crossbill heading low and south just after lunch.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Phil,

    We have had a bit of an influx of 7-spot ladybirds in Denmark (as has the UK) but I only noticed the invasion on the north coast where the coastal path is littered with bodies of ladybirds and many live ones on the vegetation. In the area around Copenhagen there are perhaps slightly more than one would expect to see at this time of year but the concentration is far less.

    By the way, are you sure the photo is of a 2-spot? I have seen dark-morph Harlequins in London looking very similar to this but I am no ladybird expert!