When I was looking for blackberries, I must have strayed into a surreal Meadow of Ladybirds. It was just a grassy field, on a sunny day in September, but there were Coccinellidae (also known as ladybird beetles and ladybugs) all over the place.
I think all my photos show the Seven Spot Ladybird (Coccinella 7-punctata).
Some of the cute wee bugs were climbing up the grass.
Some were shouting “Hands off our blackberries, Gigantor!”
But some weren’t so lucky – this one was wandering around on some dried cow dung.
Ladybirds are common in British and Irish farms and gardens, and are loved for being aphid-eating pest controllers. Do ladybirds have a worldwide range? I think they do, but I haven’t seen any in my garden in Bangalore. So, Distant Drumlin readers, do you have ladybirds where you are?
UPDATE ON 2 OCTOBER 2013
Sitting in my Bangalore garden on the holiday for Gandhi Jayanthi, I spotted something orange flying past and landing on a leaf. I ran for the camera, and snapped this.
Same bug, different angle. Could it be the elusive Indian ladybird? I have no idea!