yellow ladybird
This little fella, I’m reliably informed, is a 22-spot Harlequin ladybird. They’re non-preditory and ‘eat the mildews and other microscopic fungi that grow on plant tissues’. Quite rare apparently but often found wandering around in my cutting garden seedlings.

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10 Comments on “22-Spotter

  1. NoooOoooo you have tagged it as a pest!! Love the blog and love thinkvitamin as well!

  2. Okay – I can put him in Pests & Bugs instead. Happy now :)

  3. Thanks for the nice words – I’d like to take all the credit but it’s really my macro lens that does all the hard work.

  4. That is such a lovely photograph. I love the colours.

  5. Wow – I’ve never seen a bright yellow ladybird.

    I love taking macro pictures of garden pests (oops, sorry chris – I mean garden insects).

    Just like the others said, you do take a nice photo! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your blog.

  6. Hmmm, couldn’t you get a closer photo? Next time I’d like to see the “mildews and other microscopic fungi” that the ladybird is eating.

    Excellent shot!

  7. I haven’t seen anything as exotic as a 22-spotter but I did notice lots and lots of ladybirds about when I was tidying up my strawberry patch. Is it the time of year that they all ‘hatch’ or maybe they liked the cover of all the dead leaves and weeds?