Polly informed me on our first walk, we don’t go out walking together, the dogs and I do but it’s a small wood and if I time it right can usually bump into her once or twice a fortnight. She let me know that she had a brew of normal cider on tap so after processing a few insect pictures I went on a wander to her farm and stocked up. The last lot was made with wild yeast and nearly blew my head and arse off. I’m too old for cider that ought to be reserved for the military. No one could fight or kill after two pints of wild yeast cider. Glaswegians being the exception but they don’t count as they will fight their own shadows and win.
I was sitting enjoying the first half pint when a little beast landed on my arm. It was a Coccinellida. I like Latin after a glass of cider, hated it at school but then they didn’t give us cider with it. I love little beasts so picked a butter cup and popped it on the flower to have it’s picture taken.
I didn’t like these with it covered in pollen so I placed it in a little tub and used the lens blower to try and clean it up. Then it wouldn’t get off my finger so thought sod it. I was sick of chasing it round petals. Trying to breath normally, holding a buttercup with a ladybird in my left hand and three or more kilogrammes of camera lens and strobes in my right. It’s not easy isn’t this snapping malarkey.
I am not a big lover of ladybirds but this one I got to like. It kept taking off flying around a one foot radius and popping back. Why can’t Noon Flies with their wonderful eyes do that? It’s a Ten Spot Ladybird. I know it looks as if it only has eight but it has two small spots on the end of it’s wing cases. It also has several small ones on it’s head and the bit behind that, I’m not an ignoramus it’s their pronotum, I hope. I am not going to start arguing or the proper buggers will rename it and confuse me further. This is the melanic form Adalia decempustulata. Mr Brague who occasionally pops by to correct my abusage of English says foreign words should be in Itallics. He is usually right. He is a bit of a right winger so I’ll leave you with this………….GOP/Donald Trump. Tiene que ser una broma..