In fact the afternoon turned out to be very pleasant, with warm sunshine and very little wind. I didn't want to venture far so I predictably strolled over to the local pocket park.
Quite a few butterflies were on the wing including a female Holly Blue. A couple of days ago I had photographed the males: today it was the females who seemed more frequent.
|Male Holly Blue at Stefen Hill Pocket Park. 25 April, 2019|
|Female Holly Blue. Stefen Hill Pocket Park, 28 April, 2019|
This Green Shieldbug had assumed its summer colours.
Stefen Hill Pocket Park, 28 April, 2019
A tiny ladybird had me puzzled. It had only two spots but certainly wasn't the Two-Spot Ladybird, Adalia 2-punctata; the pronotum (the white, black spotted area behind the head) was all wrong. This pronotal patterning made it clear that it was a 10-spot Ladybird, Adalia 10-punctata. This is known to be a very variable species, with some forms having no spots at all.
A two-spotted Ten-spot Ladybird! Stefen Hill Pocket Park.
28 April, 2019