This Garden friend, the 7 spotted ladybird, is a very welcome inhabitant of our garden.
But hiding in amongst the same leaves were these not so welcome,
the colours are so varied , it's such a shame that they cause such devastation in the garden.
Then more were found hiding inside an old chimney pot.
I don't like the idea of killing them and I know that if I just toss them across the track into the common most of them would be back in the garden by tomorrow, so I put them into a bucket and carried them up the lane.
I then emptied them out onto the verge half a mile away from my home and no where near anybody elses property either, hopefully most will be found by the local thrushes and badgers.
But some will survive I am sure.
On my way back home I stopped on a few occasions to pick up some litter and to photograph these lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)
And to finish the day off perfectly we watched a March hare running around on the common which lifted a Meadow pipit.