The biggest magnet for insects

Yesterday, I was pleased to get a few more plants potted on. It looks like temperatures are warming up and it won’t be long before tender crops can be going in the garden.

Of course, in this activity there is also now the pleasure of being in the shed, which I’ve had for almost three months. As I open the door, I get the smell of still fresh wood and the sight of useful gardening equipment which used to grace the living room floor. And on this occasion, there was the addition of a bee and several ladybirds.



I was puzzled as to how the bee and ladybirds could have got into the shed – there are no windows and the door wasn’t open at all on Saturday. Then I noticed a small hole in the shed wall and wondered if that might be used as an entrance. I doubt very much the honey bee would have squeezed through to bed down for the night, though.

Mystery not totally solved but at least they didn’t get tangled up in the spider’s web. I’m seeing more and more ladybirds round my property these days, which may just mean I am being more observant. Or maybe there is more to attract them in. Either way, I hope there won’t be too many aphids this year.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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14 Responses to The biggest magnet for insects

  1. gaiainaction says:

    Great to have ladybirds in your garden as, like you said, they will keep down the greenfly. I hope that we will all have plenty of bees around too, that would be a good sign!

  2. Insects seem to get everywhere, even without the help of holes. 🙂

  3. Helen, we’ve been listening to the heartbreaking news out of Manchester this evening. It’s devastating. I’m thinking of you and your young daughter and sending you love and light. People in your community are rallying together, always wonderful to see during these dark times. xo

    • Helen says:

      I hadn’t actually heard this news – didn’t hear any news yesterday…. I wondered how long it would be before an attack in the North of England.

      Anyway, thank you for your thoughts, Alys. We are safe but so sad for the dead and injured.

      • I’m sorry to be the one bearing the tragic news, but I don’t suppose you can avoid it now. Targeting a venue populated with children and young teens is a new low. I’m glad you and your daughter are safe.

        • Helen says:

          Yes, it is a new low… what purpose can such an act possibly serve?!

          • I’ve been reading articles on the roots of terrorism and it’s apparently nothing new. What’s new is that we seem to have bigger and more destructive ways to carry out this madness. Surely education and opportunity are the key to thwarting this terror. Happy, adjusted and well loved people aren’t prone to this. It’s almost always someone young, male, isolated, and easily radicalized. No purpose is served. The loss of even one child is devastating.

          • Helen says:

            Yes, terrorism is no new phenomenon. I grew up with the IRA placing nail bombs in pubs. They weren’t shy of killing children either: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warrington_bomb_attacks

  4. Karen says:

    When we lived in New Hampshire, it seemed like we were invaded by ladybugs of spring. I don’t know how they got into our house each year but they did. Good thing they are cute and I didn’t mind picking them up and taking them outside where they belonged.

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