|The Caddis Fly (Phryganea grandis)|
Two Speckled Wood on the Ivy near the house but it looks like it could be next year before I get this butterfly as a garden 'tick'. All Ladybirds hibernate as adults and when I was collecting some late seed in the garden for a seed exchange, I found several Seven-spot Ladybirds already hibernating in the spent seed pods of one of the Cistus as well as well over a dozen Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia). They were in one of the Gum Rockrose (Cistus ladanifer) which is a very sticky and insects usually avoid it. Presumably because of this and that the seed pods are very hard, they make excellent hiding places for invertebrates. I have noted both Blue Tit and Great Tit searching these plants in the garden during the window but never suspected that they held anything of real interest to them. But in fact a whole paper has been written about them Blue Tits exploiting Gum Cistus capsules as sources of arnthropod food.