Now, recently I've posted a few Ladybird pictures - some of them have even been in focus ("Which makes a change", I hear you shout). But just as the easy ones were getting very difficult for me, today, life got even more difficult. Now I reckon this little beastie is a Pine Ladybird. What it on a pine tree? What it b... f... s.... f.. b...!
But, never mind, I hadn't realised things could get more difficult until this yellow none-spotted ladybird walked in to camera shot - and this little b... f... s... f... b... was on a conifer - surely it can't also be a Pine Ladybird!
Yellow Cruciferae thing.
And then, the very helpful Ali Riggs emailed through some directions for Serotine Bat.... Such good info was too... er.. good, not to act on it. So 90 minutes later the Bearded One and I were heading towards Downe on something of a wild bat chase. Despite using the very detailed directions, we found the wrong golf course with the wrong footpath with the wrong building....
After being accosted by locals for acting 'wierd', we were sent to the other side of Downe to the correct road and farm house.
Within 10mins of arrival a huge Monster of a bat departed the building and flew directly over head - brilliant. Thanks Ali!
Upon leaving the site a Common Toad, so appauled at my Surrey Heath Toad being the first one I'd ever photographed, duly put in an appearance for the camera.