Sunday 17 May 2020

Baby Bunny and Lots of Ladybirds

Now that lockdown in Scotland has been eased very slightly, allowing us unlimited #DailyExercise, we've decided to take a longer walk on Saturdays, though other days our walk will remain the same route through the local park and cemeteries as it has been every day since lockdown was imposed.

Yesterday we walked along a cyclepath, then along part of the Water of Leith to Saughton Park.

We passed an area of rough bare ground surrounded by bushes, where we saw two rabbits, including this adorable youngster

We studied the green fence outside Saughton Park which is famous for it's insect life and there were several ladybirds, including this, which i think is a variant form of the two spot ladybird

these more normal looking two spots ensuring there will be a next generation of two spots

these pine ladybirds doing their bit for their next generation

this 10 spot ladybird

and this cream spot ladybird

There were lots of other insects on the fence too, some of which we had little idea of what they were (I'm going to post photos on the Edinburgh Natural History Society Facebook group to try and genet things identified!) plus several spiders including this wolf spider which is eating something

It's amazing what you can find on a fence! (Though I do think this is an unusually good fence for invertebrates!)

For Nature Notes

You may be interested to read my short essay about bees Wildlife Drama Under Lockdown on the Pendemic website, you can read it here.


Jenn Jilks said...

We have a dock spider in the living room. I've tried twice to get it... sigh.

Magyar said...

__ Here we have "Stoughton" Park, but the bunnies and the ladybugs seem the same. _m

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

What an amazing fence. I wonder what it is about it that attracts so many creatures.

Karen said...

Oh, that bunny is so sweet! I like ladybugs, I just painted one. I have to say, that spider is creepy!

Sherrie said...

Love the bunny, the ladybugs are are different from our ladybugs...our ladybugs have black spots...thanks for sharing...have a great day!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Jenn, oh spiders in the house can be a nuisance,

Lucy - It's fascinating, i have no idea what attracts so many creatures to this fence, but it's always covered in insects and spiders

Karen - the bunny is indeed adorable!

Sherrie - it's amazing how many types of ladybugs there are,

Caroline Gill said...

Terrific 2-spots: I have never seen such an unusual one. We had a record number of Pine Ladybirds at the start of the season, but it's rare to find a ladybird in the garden at present.

Rambling Woods said...

This is great. Look for the small things in nature

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Caroline, yes I wasn't sure that ladybird even was a 2-spot at first though I have seen unusual ones before. Lots of pine ladybirds around here too

Rambling Woods - yes, the more you look, the more you see!

Monika Ohson | TravelerInMe said...

We often miss these teeny, weeny creatures and they are everywhere ...... I got to see different lady bugs through your post :)