The Ladybug at Sunset

Getting Untangled

A small speckled visitor
Wearing a crimson cape
Brighter than a cherry
Smaller than a grape
A polka-dotted someone
Walking on my wall
A black-hooded lady
In a scarlet shawl.
~Joan Walsh Anglund

Working her Way Up


Oh ladybug, I wish you joy
As you complete your garden chores.
I’d like to put aside my work
And join you in the out-of-doors!
~Author Unknown

On the Edge

The Ladybug wears no disguises.
She is just what she advertises.
A speckled spectacle of spring,
A fashion statement on the wing….
A miniature orange kite.
A tiny dot-to-dot delight.
~J. Patrick Lewis, “The Little Buggers”

To see an image from this series in black and white visit Monochromia for my Thursday post.

12 thoughts on “The Ladybug at Sunset

  1. Last year, after the arborist pointed out aphids in many of our trees, instead of spraying chemicals he suggested we “free” lady bugs into the branches. We bought two mesh bags–2,500 each–and spent an amazing and delightful evening releasing them all around the yard. They clung to our arms and hands and clothing until we leaned against trees, and then they crawled onto the wood and marched off to eat the aphids. Soon our immediate neighborhood was filled with well-fed lady bugs and healthy foliage.
    Your pictures capture the beauty.

  2. Such beautiful images. And I really love the second one, it’s so delicate and shows the ladybug in a new and different way. Simply gorgeous. Looking at the three photos makes me smell summer and cool shades.

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