Thursday, March 31, 2011
The ladybugs wake up as the days get longer and the temperatures a little warmer. What was a stampede to enter the house in October reverses itself in late March - ladybugs flying about, bumping into windows and falling into our morning cup of coffee. We get so desperate to let them out, we fling open the doors and windows to help them escape.
Yesterday was an unusually nice day, which means that it only rained for part of the day and we saw temperatures above 55 degrees for the first time since January.......have I mentioned how much I love this Spring which is the 5th wettest on record as well as the coolest ever since they started taking measurements back in 1895! In any case, the possibility of seeing my shadow drove me outside to bring the sheep back onto the lawn for some grazing (the fields are still too wet.) And I saw a sight which makes me realize that Spring truly is around the corner, namely ladybugs getting frisky. After napping all winter, it turns out that these little guys have only one thing on their mind, and it's not eating a juicy aphid - it's creating more little ladybugs. So here we have the napping ladybugs:
And here we have the ones that have already woken up and are hitting the dating scene with a vengeance: