Friday, August 27, 2004

Bug love

Here is a pic I took on the mountain today. Two ladybugs nuzzling on a fence post. Or I suppose it is a ladybug and a gentlemanbug. In any case, they seem to be getting it on swimmingly.

What I want to know is how the thousands of species of ladybugs (ladybirds, they call them here) tell themselves apart. Ok, the two-spotted ladybug is perhaps easily distinguished from the ten-spotted ladybug, but can a ten-spotted ladybug recognize a fourteen-spotted ladybug as a different species?

And which of this amorous pair carved the heart beneath their tryst?