Slow and steady

Moving slowly through the UK countryside

Bugs and blossoms


It was a day for ladybirds today. These were on our bedroom windowsill. They’ve been hibernating in the window-frames, and have woken up in the warmth of the sun today. They are both forms of the invading Harlequin ladybirds. If you want to know more, have a look here! You can record any ladybirds that you find in the UK there too.

Harlequin ladybird

Harlequin ladybird – a very spotty form (Harmonia axyridis succinea)

Black Harlequin ladybird

Harlequin ladybird, one of the melanistic forms (Harmonia axyridis spectabilis)

This native 7-spot ladybird was in the garden, trotting round the Lonicera nitida hedge.

7-spot ladybird

7-spot ladybird

The yellow crocuses were wide open today.


A golden splash of crocuses

And finally, two greenish flowers, that need to be looked at closely to be appreciated. They both produce nectar for bees and other insects.

Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica

Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica

Stinking Hellebore

Stinking Hellebore, or Bearsfoot, Helleborus foetidus – popular with bees


Author: Hedwigia

Gardener, wildlife geek, and very slow runner.

4 thoughts on “Bugs and blossoms

  1. I’m not fond of creepy crawlies but hadn’t realised that Ladybirds were so very different with their spots. I seem to remember that some species can bring out a rash in some sensitive skins! Love the flowers, spring is definitely on its way for you, we are a bit behind up here though!!!

  2. I’ve just realised that some Ladybirds are red with black spots and others are black with red spots!!! You live and learn something new nearly every day ๐Ÿ™‚

    • And some are yellow with black spots! They tend to be rather tiny though, so easily missed. I shall look out for one for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ The point about ladybirds irritating skin is a good one, which I’d forgotten. I shall make sure to wash my hands very thoroughly when I handle them.

  3. Nice camera work, here! Thanks for sharing all these lovelies! ๐Ÿ™‚

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