An interesting one from Michael this week:
Though I don’t suppose you would class this as strange, but we seem to be under invasion up here.
Not just thunderbugs, those annoying little black torpedoes that are everywhere in hot muggy weather, but lady birds!
I had to be really careful on our walk this morning as they were within every step on the pavement, and foliage is teeming with them. I guess the hot weather makes food plentiful.
These little bugs are the gardener and farmer’s friend as they eat aphids (one bug can eat as many as 5,000 during its lifetime) and I remember when we were in the cottage having to ‘borrow’ a couple of dozen from the fields for our tomato plants which were under attack by green-fly! They stuck around and we had a bumper crop that year, just as we will this!
Our bean plants are also playing host to these small creatures as the bees busily go about their work within the leafy teepee.
There are about 5,000 species of lady bird (aka lady bug, lady beetle) worldwide, but did you know their life span is about a year, though apparently this could stretch to 2?
Also, their flight speed is about 24 kph…….. that’s almost 15 miles an hour.
I’m exhausted just thinking about it!