God's Acre at Christmas

Over the festive period I paid a couple of short visits to Earlham Cemetery in Norwich.

One particular corner of the site proved to be good for overwintering ladybirds and I managed to find quite a few. 95% of them were Harlequin Ladybirds in their numerous guises but I also found Orange Ladybird, Cream-spotted Ladybird, Ten-spot Ladybird, Seven-spot Ladybird and Pine Ladybird. They favoured the gravestones, particularly those that were cross-shaped, sheltering under the cross. Rooting about had it's other benefits too as I found Walnut Orb Spider, Green Cellar Slug, Canestrini's Harvestman, Hawthorn Shieldbug and a new fungus for me Wrinkled Club. The usual Jays were there and a flock of c25 Siskins around the treetops.

                                                                                                                              Harlequin Ladybirds
                                                                                                                                  Orange Ladybird
                                                                                                                                         Pine Ladybird                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                               Seven-spot Ladybird
                                                                                                                                  Ten-spot Ladybird
                                                                                                                                   Green Cellar Slug
                                                                                                                          Canestrini's Harvestman
                                                                                                                                   Walnut Orb Spider

                                                                                                                                       Wrinkled Club
                                                                                                                             Cream Spot Ladybird


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