|Rose of Sharon badly scorched by the cold spring|
weather. Byfield, 21,April, 2013
|Angle Shades caterpillar. Byfield, 21 April, 2013|
Whilst weeding out some Forget-me-nots I disturbed a bright green caterpillar. It was the larva of the Angle Shades, Phlogophora meticulosa, a very attractive and common moth. Some species of caterpillar can be difficult to rear but the Angles Shades is among the easiest, not least because it will feed on a wide range of plants, although it would be sensible to use the plant on which it was found. I also disturbed a Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis. This is a very variable insect but I found one of its commonest forms - 'spectabilis'. The Two-spot Ladybird has a melanic form which looks very similar but the Harlequin Ladybird is larger, generally about 6mm in length.
|Harlequin Ladybird. Byfield, 21 April, 2013,|