This tiny cream-spot ladybird (Calvia 14-guttata) landed on the rim of my mug of tea. It's slightly smaller than the more common seven-spot. After taking the photo I released it into the garden.
Friday, 19 April 2019
Sometimes you can find wild life in the most surprising places. Walking out of the car park in St Andrews I almost stumbled into a mallard with nine ducklings. After a perilous crossing of Argyll Street, managed to shepherd them onto a garden path off the pavement, with the help of a group of students on their way to lectures. Hopefully they will find their way into the Lade Braes.
Monday, 11 March 2019
Hazel (Corylus avellana ) catkins, the lambs tails, in the Serpentine Walk. These are the male catkins which produce the pollen.
These are the female flowers with the red styles and stigmas.The stigmas catch the pollen and eventually form the hazel nuts in the Autumn, however, the pollen has to be from another hazel tree.
There was a lot of lichen on the branches of the tree. The greenish yellow lichen is I think Xanthoria parietina but there are also some other species present.