I really can't believe it's time for the August update already!
For Tree Following this year I'm following one of the several wonderful old silver birch trees in North Merchiston Cemetery in Edinburgh. Crafty Green Boyfriend and I started walking round this cemetery (and the nearby Dalry Cemetery) every day for our #DailyExercise during the first UK lockdown last year. And we're still doing the same walk regularly.
By the end of July, the leaves on the tree were already starting to look a bit tired
I found this beautiful ladybird larva on one of the leaves, click on the image for a closer view!
A little bit of research showed this to be the larva of an orange ladybird! I've been a little surprised not to see more ladybird larvae around the cemetery, as adults of many ladybird species are found here and some of the trees (though not this birch tree) are covered in aphids, which are the main food source for ladybirds.
The hairy willowherb next to the tree was beautifully in bloom at the end of July