Wednesday, April 05, 2017

An apology for misleading you

First a correction.

Husband thinks the white bush in the previous post is blackthorn. At the time I had a discussion with Nuora about it saying that Husband had explained the difference between the two several times but I could still never remember. But Husband thinks it's more likely to blackthorn as it's a little early for hawthorn aka may tree - because it comes out in May presumably. But the weather has been strange over the last few years so they could be confused plants.

A blackthorn bush also has a darker stem and longer thorns but unless you see them side by side it's difficult to tell. I think.

Anyway, I have seen the error of my ways - and will consult Husband in future before making rash comments. 

So what else was I going to post about? Oh yes, ladybirds. 

Over recent weeks we've had ladybirds on our bedroom windows. Inside our bedroom windows. And they usually come in twos or even threes. The questions are:
a) how do they get in?
b) why do they come in?
c) what do they eat while there?

a) maybe the air vent?
b) because they're cold/confused?
c) nothing that I can tell.

I just searched through my photos but can't find the one I took of the ladybirds. 'Twas ever thus.


S. J. Qualls said...

Ladybirds ... Every time they show up here I check for cracks and leaks, sigh. They seem to be conjured up some pesky poltergeist.

nick said...

No ladybirds as yet over here. They're bright and early in Wales! And I've never seen them inside the windows. I'm intrigued as to how they're getting in.

Rose said...

I found a nest of ladybugs, as we call them, in the garden the other day. But the brown ones--do you have those?--are Asian lady beetles, which were imported to the U.S. to eat some pest on soybeans. Unfortunately, they've become pests themselves and can get into a house through the tiniest cracks. We have them every fall, and I try to catch them and put them back outside. Supposedly, if you squash them, they give off a terrible smell:)

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

It's been so changeable this Spring , no wonder they're confused .

Liz Hinds said...

They have magic powers, SJ.

You've never seen them inside windows, Nick?

I've never tried to squash a ladybird, Rose. We have a rhyme here, 'Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home. Your house is on fire and your children are gone.' So I always encourage ladybirds to leave as soon as possible to rescue their children.

It has been very changeable, sonata. Beautifully sunny today but still a very cool breeze.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I would.never think "what do they eat" .I throw them out into the garden.