Incomplete Metamorphosis: Ladybird

In an attempt to control the number of aphids in my pepper plants, I collect ladybird larvae from my plum tree and distribute them around the tiny trees. Yesterday, I added a particularly large larvar to to the plant and it immediately stopped moving, releasing a small amount of mucus to attach itself to the plant. Within hours, it went through several different stages and I decided to capture in film. After some research, it finally reached the last stage of metamorphosis before becoming an adult ladybird.

I was impatient and couldn’t wait for the full cycle to share this with you!

Backyard wildlife… I wish I had a macro lens

Well… if you really follow my blog, you are aware that I am an amateur home-brewer. One of my favourite brews to date was my backyard plum wine. Backyard? Yes, I have a plum tree in my backyard that, every summer, gave a wee bit of plum, but never enough for something serious and, most of them, were not very tasty.

I decided to start feeding the few bees a couple of years ago with some water and sugar and, suddenly, there were a lot more! With the arrival of the new bees, came a plentiful harvest! A lot more plums than I knew what to do with.

This year, there will be loads more! And I’ve been caring for the bees and now, the ladybugs are around too.

As most of you know, the population of bees are declining all around the world, mostly due to agriculture and its by-products. Bees need a safe place to make nests and get on with their business and nothing better than your backyard.

Remember, most of the delicious foods that are posted here are available, thanks to these amazing creatures!