Posts Tagged ‘Hibernation

21
Nov
13

Spotty

I’ve seen groups of various ladybirds in autumn before; but I have never seen a gathering of so many 16 spot ladybirds. They are small and despite their numbers I almost overlooked them. The most I have seen previously of this scarcer southerly distributed species is two! Gathered in their thousands for security they will spend the winter hibernating on the gatepost and wall where they were found.

Sixteen Spot Ladybirds

26
Feb
13

Her vibrant wings of delicate lace …

The Peacock Butterfly is one of the few British species that overwinter as mature adults. They will frequently find a hole in a tree, an outbuilding or other sheltered space in which to spend the colder months. Often these places are regularly frequented by several insects and are used year after year.

Last week I was told of a roosting site and upon inspection there were around thirty insects present. Camouflaged by their drab under wing just occasionally one would flash its coloured upper wing in an attempt to scare away intruders, perhaps detecting our presence. Thirty Butterflies are not something you would expect to see on a very cold February day.

Peacock Butterflies




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