Wowza! Do you see the shadow? That’s Lisa. W-e-l-l, the insect is not Lisa–the human is. The insect is a CREAM-SPOTTED LADYBUG. Lisa writes: “The shadow was a nice surprise, I was just trying to keep him on the branch long enough to take the photo”. The scientific name is Calvia quatuordecimguttata. LOL say that three times. It is otherwise known as the cream-spotted ladybug. Lisa thought there was something special about this certain ladybug and she was right — here’s why: ”We had seven different species of ladybugs in our tree this spring, this just happened to be one of them. I contacted Cornell University in Ithica, New York about their lost ladybug project. They were wowed by the number of different ladybugs we had all on the same tree - two that haven’t been seen in more than twenty years”.
DID YOU KNOW? Ladybugs have an amazing defence system — they taste terrible! Birds and wasps may have figured out that the little insect with spots will not only leave a very bad taste in its mouth, but they are slightly poisonous as well. When threatened many species will produce a drop of a smelly, yellowish and extremely untasty liquid, usually enough to scare away the attacker.
BRANCH OUT – CAPTURE THE TINIEST OF MOTHER NATURE’S CREATURES OR EVEN HER BIGGEST. FRESH AIR PHOTOS AIR EVERY MORNING AT 7:15 ON BT, MAYBE TOMORROW IT WILL BE ‘YOURS’!