Monday, 24 October 2011

Ladies? Birds? Bugs?

I couldn’t get any pictures, but here’s a delightful one from a favourite photo-artist:

But yesterday, when the sun was full on the back of the house, there were several dozens of them.  Far more than the forty-two I rehabilitated last week during the Great Grape Picking Adventure.  At one point, I felt like a beekeeper.  I’m ashamed to say that I became less than solicitous in my behaviour towards them, and a few got swatted.  And as for the ones that decided to come indoors – well, there are rules about invasiveness, aren’t there?  They shouldn’t be immigrating hidden up my sleeves or in my hair.  I respect their right to inhabit the outdoors; they should equally respect my right to an insect-free house.  They do leave a nasty orange stain on the carpet as well.
Most of them were lurking around the back door.  I gather that this is fairly usual at this time of the year, as they look for warm places.  But I’ve never seen it on this scale before.  I can only put it down to the grape vodka.  I’ve told them and told them that it won’t be ready till the New Year, but they just don’t listen.  Tuh.


  1. A few years ago, the immigrant harlequin ladybirds were becoming a problem (to the native ones, that is), but I haven't seen any since the last two harsh winters. Grape vodka is probably what makes English ladybirds so hardy.

  2. have you thought of getting an orange carpet?

    I don't think I have seen many at all this year but then that may be because I didn't have much opportunity to be outside this summer. I shall try to do better net year.

  3. If you've got that many of the ladybirds, you could make the carpet orange - problem solved!