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02/06/2014 at 10:54

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 This morning on an apple leaf. The rear one is black with two red patches, the underneath one is red with lots of black spots. Are these the same species. ???

Judging from the jiggy jggy that was going on I guess these were mating.

02/06/2014 at 11:42

I've seen several unmatched pairs in connubial bliss on my roses lately - I hope they know what they're doing ............. 

02/06/2014 at 11:44

Fidget, I found this http://everything-ladybug.com/ladybug-spots.html it seems that there are all sorts of variants within species - our ladybirds knew what they were doing 

02/06/2014 at 11:52

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This was one I took on 29th April.....they started early up here

02/06/2014 at 12:27

According to Springwatch ladybird  nookie takes up to 8 hours 

02/06/2014 at 12:54

Blimey.

Old age is when it takes you all night to do what you used to do all night.

02/06/2014 at 12:57

I'm coming back as a ladybird  

02/06/2014 at 12:59

02/06/2014 at 13:10

Heehee! We saw some doing the 'tango' in botanical gardens other day, my little girl said ' look Mummy that owns having a ride on the other one's back!' They looked 2 different types too,hope they waft their babies across the road to us, only seen a few here, have loads of bees , not enough ladybirds

02/06/2014 at 14:01

It must be the weather. I found another  pair "at it"

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02/06/2014 at 14:18

It's what they do.  The birds, the bees and the ladybirds.  Except of course, come to think of it, most bees don't.  Go figure (as some might say).

02/06/2014 at 14:21

There is, of course, the well-known story about two dogs in the street doing what came naturally and the little boy asked the parent (or possibly Noel Coward) what they were doing.  Came the reply, "Well the one in front is blind and the one at the back is pushing it all the way to St Dunstan's".

 

(One needs to know that St Dunstan's was a home in London for blind children....)

02/06/2014 at 14:23

8 hours?! See that's what happens when you don't have television.

KEF
02/06/2014 at 20:16

In KEF Greek I learned from a really old lady in Crete 90+ that she'd had 11 kids, she said ochi ( no) television and slapped me on the arm and pinched my cheek and then did same to my OH.  Could have been worse

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