Here are some photos from a random day in June. The weather has been wet and dull for a week or so, but today dawned bright and sunny and the temperatures hit the high 20s.
I took the photos around the back garden. Random photos of whatever caught my eye. I should have taken some of the rhododendrons — they are bursting with colour at the moment. But I didn’t. I hung out with the bugs and beetles. Maybe tomorrow.
Six Spotted Tiger Beetle
A beautiful iridescent green, these beetles will emit a foul odour or bite if handled. I need to warn Milo. They are so beautiful — especially when the sun is glinting off them. Thankfully, these guys don’t seem to be a pest at all.
Scarlet Lily Beetle
Now, these creatures are the bane of my life. There is a continuous supply of them on my lillies. No matter how many I squash, there are always more the next day. There are no natural predators in North America so they have spread rapidly since the 1940s. It’s a shame they are such a menace, because they are quite beautiful.
Nothing unusual about this, but I took a photo anyway. She was hanging out on a rose bush. By the way, since ladybirds aren’t true “bugs” they shouldn’t really be called “ladybugs” but rather “ladybeetles”. I’m going to stick with the British “ladybirds” for now.