Its OK—Thought evoke this time of year. The ladybird and a raspberry ready for picking in mid-December–amazing—in my front garden I have a flowering strawberry with fruit on–and yards away I have snow-drops blooming.(the ladybird–put it in Nature)
Lots of good contributions. The variety is interesting too. Mervin’s dying fruits and sneaky ladybird are a real depiction of the natural season while the decorations are something else. I often shoot the end of the year in the garden, but I haven’t done anything this month, yet! I like the way you have taken the ribbon Mervin, by including the path and so on you’ve communicated the isolation, the casual way you encountered it. Shot straight on with the ribbon sharp and the background blurred would have got you competition Brownie points but you’ve communicated something more.
Not at all your mis-understanding Mervin—its the lack of in depth education over the last 40 years–subjects just are not taught. From my wartime infant education one would deduce that should they all die in winter the insects would become extinct . No ladybirds—coccinellidae go into DIAPAUSE–as you rightly say they gather in groups and seek higher elevations. The one you have photographed looks like the seven spotted most euro common species.It is thought the name originates from early paintings of Our Lady wrapped in a red cloak with the seven spots Seven spots of Joy and Seven spots of Sorrow.German–I think–Marienicafer—Mary Beetle. There is the Harliquin ladybird which is a threat to the common species. Mervin your photo fits this months subject well—this time of year the ladybird in diapause.(going into diapause enables them arouse early in spring).