Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A perpetual astonishment*

In a patch of weedy grass beside the path to the beach at Boundary Bay, we chased a butterfly, and found these:

Dead nettles and grape hyacinth

The butterfly. Cabbage white, male. The females have two spots in the centre of each wing.

And a pair of amorous ladybugs. These are the Seven-spotted Ladybug (but one is a guy), Coccinella septempunctata.

A good start to the buggy season!

*Every spring is the only spring - a perpetual astonishment.  ~Ellis Peters


  1. There's so much natural wonder, even in what looks as though it might be an 'ordinary' spot. Enjoy your spring, while we move into our not-quite-as-wet season.

  2. i do love the grape hyacinth - one of our first signs of spring here in texas. loveliness all around you!

  3. Snail, "not-quite-as-wet" describes our summer, so we're moving that way, too! But your season is probably much more welcome, after the summer you've had.


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