My Sunday Photo The Lady Bird

My Sunday Photo: The Ladybird

My Sunday photo this week comes from the very last day of August. We were walking the dogs close to a river near our home and there were quite a few ladybirds around. One landed on Delilah’s thumb and stayed there long enough to be photographed.

I’ve always loved ladybugs (or ladybugs for my American readers) as they are so different from any other kind of insect. They’re pretty little things that are for sure.

Ladybird facts

I suppose when you think about it, it’s obvious that ladybirds are from the beetle family. Their scientific (or latin) name is Coccinellidae septempunctata. There are around 5,000 different species of ladybird in the world and they are found almost everywhere apart from the artic an antarctic circles. What I didn’t know is that they have a mostly carnivorous diet! Yes, ladybirds can bite! When they’re hungry they have been known to bite humans too. They live for around a year (maximum of two) in grasslands, forests, cities, suburbs and along rivers.

More reading

It’s been a lighter week on the blog but there are still some posts you might like to check out before you go.

Thanks for taking a look at my Sunday photo.



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