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Bugs in the Washing!

It’s getting springy!

Time to hang the washing outside.

We have a folding line attached to our balcony and there’s nothing better than the smell of the sun from warm dry clothes.


The back yard is tiny and one washing line would dominate and make it impossible to use for everything else so we dry our washing in the sky.

It also has a cover so that the prevailing slightly, drippy, four seasons in one day, Dutch weather can’t put a dampener on things.

The cover has made all the difference to the way we can use it.

Imagine my surprise today, when I took the weather protector off and spread it out.




Dozens of tiny, multicoloured residents. It’s 9 degrees Celsius here so they should be okay.

It looks as if the washing line has more environmental pluses than I realised.

Does anyone know why they are all different colours?



12 comments on “Bugs in the Washing!

  1. The Crazy Crone
    March 1, 2014

    Ladybirds – I love these!


  2. lizard100
    March 2, 2014

    I like ladybirds very much. They’re such curious creatures!


  3. Morguie
    March 2, 2014

    How neat! I love ladybugs! I have never seen just a few with such a varied bunch of color before. A few years ago, here in my yard, I came out to notice a HUGE number, possibly several thousand of the little creatures, inside the crotch of a 4-trunk tree in the yard. It seems they must have been migrating and they had stopped in our yard for the night. It was the most fantastic thing I’d ever seen where these bugs were concerned. The inside of this tree was solid orange with the density of the numbers of them! Within 24 hours, however, there wasn’t so much as 1 dead one in sight or on the ground or anywhere — not one clue left that would suggest that they’d ever been there at all! It was amazing. Haven’t seen anything like it since.


    • lizard100
      March 2, 2014

      That’s incredible! It’s tremendous how little we know about small creatures!


  4. silverbells2012
    March 2, 2014

    I think ladybirds do come in diiferent colours quite naturally. Good that you have plenty. There was some concern about their survival last year here as we saw so few, no doubt because of the prolonged winter. Hopefully this year it will be a different story.


    • lizard100
      March 2, 2014

      I hope so too. I wondered about the harlequin ones as they may be a threat to the traditional black and white variety so it seems strange if they hibernate together.


      • silverbells2012
        March 2, 2014

        I didn’t know about one variety being a threat to another…


      • lizard100
        March 2, 2014

        The harlequins do sound nasty.


  5. debweeks
    March 2, 2014

    I believe that the little bugs in the photos are actually Asian beetles. The vary in color from a light orange to a dark red. They are a species of the ladybug family, but unlike the ladybug, who will eat plants, the Asian beetle is a carnivore. Asian beetles eat insects and as a great addition to gardens as they will help control the pests, such as aphids.


    • lizard100
      March 2, 2014

      Thanks so much. That’s a really useful reply. We like to allow the bugs to look after each other rather than interfering with poison etc.


  6. Kitchen-Counter-Culture
    March 2, 2014

    Wow! I guess you’ve created some kind of microclimate… 🙂


    • lizard100
      March 2, 2014

      It was certainly very strange. It’s been safe, high up, dry and dark all winter.


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