I was lucky to spot this Orange Ladybird (Halyzia sedecimguttata) in our garden that I have used as the header image. I saw something small float up from near our fence to a leaf on our cherry tree. I got my camera and started looking at the leaves and saw this little thing crawling about on them. I don’t remember seeing one before.
Here’s two more photos of the ladybird. It looks like it has been painted with a thick coat of transparent varnish.
I had to do a bit of research for this photo. I have seen things like this before, several of them with little round holes in them. As I was reading I started to feel a bit squeamish so I had to get myself a drink of water. It is an Aphid that has had a parasites egg laid in it, probably by a wasp. Soon the parasite will cut a small hole and emerge. How nice!
These photos are all of things seen before but looked quite good on Day 64. The Blue Tits in the nest box have now fledged. There seemed to be a bit of noise from Magpies, Blackbirds and Blue Tits early in the morning but I saw three Blue Tits flitting about the Cherry tree. I couldn’t get a good look at them but it probably means that at least one of them was a fledgling, the other two could have been the parents, or more fledglings.
I suppose I could argue that the Emirates plane has not been spotted before and that it is a new thing for Day 64. 17:59 flying North West.
Here’s Day 63 in our garden.