How the Ladybird Got its Spots

greenhouse

Arriving home this afternoon, I headed up to the greenhouse, thinking to update you all on its progress. But I got distracted by a strange yellow ladybird, apparently without any spots, something I had never seen before:

yellow ladybird

Naturally, I asked Twitter, and naturally Twitter knew:

And lo and behold, Twitter was right too – after a few hours the ladybird was now spotted and looking a little less yellow (the black thing beside it is in fact the old pupal case which it had emerged from)

ladybird with spots

And an hour or so after that, you would never have known it had ever looked like anything but a classic red ladybird.

normal looking ladybird

Apologies if everyone knew that ladybirds, like Dalmations, need to wait for their spots – I had absolutely no idea, and felt I just had to share. So, you’ll have to wait a bit longer for a more detailed account of the greenhouse itself (although – spoilers! – things are looking pretty spiffy at the moment, if a bit too courgette-heavy for my liking).

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5 Responses to How the Ladybird Got its Spots

  1. Flighty says:

    Fascinating, I didn’t know that either. Lucky you seeing it. xx

  2. Charles says:

    I did not know that.

    What I do know is that I am in the middle of a brassica massacre, the caterpillars of both large and small cabbage white are eating everything. The sparrows are not interested, it’s too late for netting and my fingers are green from “bio control”.

    Useless bit of information but apparently these cabbage eaters make mustard oil from their lunch and then store it on their persons, making them unpopular with useful predators.

    Sometimes I have to remember that organic gardening and organic chemistry are not quite the same thing, just saying that is all……

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