Saturday, 31 March 2012

A loveliness of loving ladybirds

Ladybirds are prolific breeders, a female can lay several thousand eggs each yea.  Now having woken from their winter diapause, producing more eggs is exactly what a lot of ladybirds are starting to do.
Bumblebees can take 45 minutes to mate, but ladybirds take it to an extreme, and these 7 spot ladybirds can spend  3 hours to 9 hours mating (
Although this particular couple need to be careful, spending so long mating can bring risks, as a spider slowly approaches underneath the leaf:

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