Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Ladybirds

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As an experiment I used the feeble 'Macro' on this camera in an effort to picture the ladybird on the park bench.  She posed happily while I pussyfooted around and when at home I used the HP system to crop and enlarge the pic.  This is the best I can do with the little camera and I am quite pleased with this.  The beasts colour makes her very popular, especially with kids, and the children's storybooks called 'ladybird Books' have sold around the world. These are of course just beetles and if they were black most folk would turn away from them as unattractive.  Gardeners love them as each of these beauties can devour 5000 aphids in their year long life.  They are so good at this that they have been deliberately introduced into the USA to deal with the aphid problem there. Lovely beasts and very popular, except when strong winds bring billions over from France and swarm all over the south of England.  


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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

My mother-in-law hates them. I adore them. I like it when they get inside and I find everthing I do is attended by one or two.

Anonymous said...

It shows the state of my brain when I read the title 'Ladybirds' and I immediately thought 'Ladyboys'.

I'd better up the tablets.

FishHawk said...

Yes, since you don't know the difference between football and soccer, it makes sense that you wouldn't know the difference between a ladyBUG and a ladyBIRD. Sad. So very sad.

red dirt girl said...

I'm with fishhawk on this one: that is a LADYBUG. You know as in the song, 'Ladybug Ladybug fly away home ...la la la (I've forgotten the rest of the lyrics but I think they include a line about your home is on fire ... very sad.)

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Relax Max said...

I thought LadyBird was married to Lyndon Johnson.

Gotta agree with the fishhawker and say ladyBUG. They are pretty cool, Hardly think you could sat "being introduced" since you got them originally from here. Let's not be claiming our bugs. :)

Adullamite said...

Leaz, ladybirds are lovely to have around. Dump your mother in law!

Ken, methinks you have been on that rig too long!

Fish, LADYBIRDS!!!!!!!

RDG, Your house will soon be on fire if there is any more BUGs.

Max, She was indeed. he had strange tastes.
The SEVEN SPOTTED LADYBIRD came from Europe. Your cheap effort is different.