Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ladybirds on Mexican Sword Plant

From my observation, Ladybirds that come visiting to my garden come in four patterns on their hard cuticles. There could probably be many other types. The Mexican Sword Plant (Echinodorus palaefolius) is one of their favourite destinations as aphids love to congregate there too.


This type go for minimalism aka 'Plain Jane'.




Another type jazzes up its coat with some circular markings which can vary in numbers. This one has 10 polka dots.



Here's another lady bug with a stripy design instead of the discrete spots, giving the appearance of a red zebra of the ladybird world.


Yet another species did not want to stay mainstream and had stripes which join up forming a net like pattern or a red tortoise shell.


AFTER A HEAVY SHOWER
Several ladybugs were washed down into the murky waters. Some were saved in time but there were some that drowned. I saw a few struggling on the surface of the water and picked them up. 

This one was flailing in the water on the same spot. As it did not make any progress to the plant. I lifted it up and ...


placed it on the surface of the leaf. After a while, it started to walk along the edge of a leaf.


They love to walk precariously on the leaf margin, so its no wonder that they easily toppled over into the water. It is strange for this mishap to occur as  they are perfectly capable of flight.

The ladybugs seemed to be voracious eaters as by the next day almost all the aphids were gone.

After the feast, it was time for some tomfoolery. As it is conjugation of plain and spotted, I wonder how the offspring will turn out to be; probably one with fewer spots.


A puny little snail came out to explore the world too.


A budding flower stalk.


Cascading flowers of the Echinodorus palaefolius (Mexican Sword Plant).


The tall Bucida tree nearby was reflected on a water drop.



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