Hidden Wings and Bloodlust
Episode 27: ‘How a Ladybug Changed My Life’ with Rodney C Burris

Episode 27: ‘How a Ladybug Changed My Life’ with Rodney C Burris

March 7, 2021

Rodney C Burris, a professional development coach and speaker based in Baltimore, tells me how a ladybird (or ladybug) changed his life and gave him a respect for all life. We have a fun conversation on topics such as why there's no such thing as a coincidence, pest control and more! 

You can view Rodney's website here: https://rodneycburris.com/ 

This episode was edited by Greg Laceda of Laceda Podcast Productions: https://www.lacedapodcastproductions.com 

Thank you too to Matthew Sterkenburg - https://www.podcaststrong.com 

Music is by Debra Torrance. 

Follow me on @hwabpodcast on twitter or @365.ladybird on Instagram, or like my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hiddenwingsandbloodlust

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Episode 26: Hippodamia arctica - Tundramarihøne

Episode 26: Hippodamia arctica - Tundramarihøne

February 14, 2021

Hear about an incredible ladybird that lives in the Arctic! 

Sources - A Natural History of the Ladybird Beetles by Michael Majerus

Spotlight Ladybirds by Richard Comont

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00305316.2020.1763871 - Review of the genus Hippodamia in the Palearctic region, 2020

https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-90-481-8601-3_9 - Is the lifecycle of high arctic aphids adapted to climate change? 

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0022191000001530 - Insects in hypoxia 

https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-94-007-1896-8_10 - Ecological and experimental exposure of insects to anoxia reveals surprising tolerance. From the book 'Anoxia' by William Wyatt Hoback et al. 



http://www.bbc.co.uk/earth/story/20160308-how-one-squirrel-manages-to-survive-being-frozen - Details about the ground squirrel, red bark beetle and wood frog. 

https://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Hippodamia+arctica - Picture of the Hippodamia Arctica ladybird used for this episode. 

https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/455668-Hippodamia-arctica - More pictures of the ladybirds. 


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Episode 25: Ladybird Diseases

Episode 25: Ladybird Diseases

February 7, 2021

Find out the gory details of what diseases ladybirds can get, including male-killing bacteria, fungal infections and more! Plus learn why some of them can actually end up helping the ladybird! 

Buy me a coffee at https://ko-fi.com/G2G63KMOK :) 

Podcasts I've listened to this week include the Bearded Tit's podcast by Jack Perks. https://twitter.com/TitBearded 


https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/twiv-443/#:~:text=TWiV%20443%3A%20On%20a%20leaf%2C%20no%20one%20can,she%20protects%20the%20cocoon%20until%20the%20adult%20emerges - TWiV 443 - On a leaf, no one can hear you scream. 

https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-1-4020-6939-0_18 -Interactions between the fungal pathogen Beauveria bassiana and three species of coccinellid: Harmonia axyridisCoccinella septempunctata and Adalia bipunctata

https://www.jstor.org/stable/2402774 - Plant viruses and 7 spots


http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2458/1/IGP.pdf - Beauveria bassiana and Harmonia axyridis

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christine_Nalepa/publication/6612748_Infection_of_Harmonia_axyridis_Coleoptera_Coccinellidae_by_Hesperomyces_virescens_Ascomycetes_Laboulbeniales_Role_of_mating_status_and_aggregation_behavior/links/5b7ec14b299bf1d5a71f61c1/Infection-of-Harmonia-axyridis-Coleoptera-Coccinellidae-by-Hesperomyces-virescens-Ascomycetes-Laboulbeniales-Role-of-mating-status-and-aggregation-behavior.pdf - Harmonia axyridis and Laboulbeniales fungus.

https://academic.oup.com/femsec/article/77/2/229/498289 - Avoidance of a generalist entomopathogenic fungus by the ladybird Coccinella septempunctata

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10526-011-9387-1 - Parasites and pathogens of the ladybird Harmonia axyridis

Michael Majerus 'A Natural History of Ladybird Beetles' - see Chapter 5, Ladybird Death. 

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0054218#:~:text=Ladybirds%20are%20a%20hot%2Dspot,invasion%20of%20male%2Dkilling%20bacteria.&text=DNA%20sequence%20analysis%20indicates%20that,occur%20within%20one%20beetle%20population. - Male-killing Wolbachia bacteria

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/236921409_Invasive_Harlequin_Ladybird_Carries_Biological_Weapons_Against_Native_Competitors - Harlequin ladybirds and microsporidia

https://academic.oup.com/aesa/article-abstract/92/2/260/27916 - Inbreeding in the 14 spot ladybird 

https://cdnsciencepub.com/doi/abs/10.1139/Z08-096?journalCode=cjz - Epilachna nylanderi and its strange digestive system

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoMBSm8KkjI - Insect growth and development. See also discussions in the Ladybirds of UK facebook group. 

Episode 24: Ladybirds in the Winter

Episode 24: Ladybirds in the Winter

January 30, 2021

All about what ladybirds do in winter. With a promo for the new book Histeridae, Sphaeritidae and Silphidae of Britain and Ireland, by Lane, Lucas and Whiffin. You can buy it here: 




Field guide to the ladybirds of Britain and Ireland - Roy et al. 

Spotlight Ladybirds by Richard Comont

- Information on Harlequin ladybirds. 

https://academic.oup.com/ee/article-abstract/34/2/432/461808 - Study on the 7-spots in Honshu


https://www.academia.edu/download/45639264/ceryngier_2015_ladybird_dormancy.pdf - Ecology of dormancy in ladybird beetles (2015) by Ceryngier. 

Episode 23: Listeners’ Questions

Episode 23: Listeners’ Questions

January 19, 2021

Listener's questions are out! Find out why you might not be able to smell a ladybird, why ladybirds snuggle together in the winter, how they are affected by global warming and more. 


With a promo for How to Enjoy Experimental Film with Daniel Adams, available on Spotify, Apple or wherever you get your podcasts. 


Overwintering harlequin ladybirds: 



Ecology of dormancy in ladybird beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) - Piotr Ceryngier (2015) 


Ceratomegilla undecimnotata - 



Ladybirds, Naturalist's handbook. Correction: The study showing which ladybirds used up their fat reserves faster was Hariri, 1966 and not 1975. 

https://www.cabdirect.org/cabdirect/abstract/19810583127 - Overwintering of Aphidecta Obliterata in northeastern Scotland, WH Parry.

Hippodamia Arctica's reduction in range in the last 1000 years: https://www.jstor.org/stable/75635?seq=1

Information on 7-spots' behaviour: https://influentialpoints.com/biocontrol/Coccinella_septempunctata_seven-spot_ladybird.htm




Mode of overwintering of invasive H axyridis in the Netherlands: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10526-011-9394-2 


Toxicity of ladybirds - Orange, 2-spot and pine found to be the most poisonous https://www.nature.com/articles/srep11021

Another study on toxicity of ladybirds https://www.researchgate.net/profile/NM_Marples/publication/226922678_Toxicity_assays_of_ladybirds_using_natural_predators/links/5534dba40cf283a8f60be2e5/Toxicity-assays-of-ladybirds-using-natural-predators.pdf 


Spotlight, Ladybirds by Richard Comont

Field guide to the ladybirds of Great Britain and Northern Ireland by Helen Roy et al. 

Episode 22: Horticulture in Australia with @moltopopulare

Episode 22: Horticulture in Australia with @moltopopulare

January 17, 2021

I spoke to Charlotte, a horticulture student in Melbourne and former florist who tweets as @moltopopulare. We have a fun interview where we talk about gardening during Covid, the harlequin ladybird, dangerous spiders and more! 

Episode 21: Hippodamia variegata - The Adonis Ladybird

Episode 21: Hippodamia variegata - The Adonis Ladybird

December 20, 2020

All about the Adonis Ladybird, plus a recommendation for the Hypatia's Lantern youtube channel:


Find out about its connection with the greek myths, and why they are known as 'the sports cars of the ladybird world'! (Richard Comont) 

I do apologise for the poor quality of the audio in part of the episode. 


Richard Comont - Spotlight Ladybirds

Helen Roy et al - Field Guide to the Ladybirds of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

http://ijnrs.damghaniau.ac.ir/article_664207.html - study on pesticides and the Adonis ladybird.



https://www.greekmythology.com/Myths/Mortals/Hippodamia/hippodamia.html - Article about Hippodamia's legend

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adonis - Adonis legend


Music by Debra Torrance. 

Episode 20 - Anatis ocellata, the Eyed Ladybird

Episode 20 - Anatis ocellata, the Eyed Ladybird

December 5, 2020

All about the eyed ladybird, how to treat ladybirds at Christmas and more! 

Plus a podcast recommendation for This Week In Virology. 

Music by Debra Torrance. Image credited to user: Tados at Wikipedia and www.entomart.be

Episode 19 - Episode with Paul Csomo from Varmints

Episode 19 - Episode with Paul Csomo from Varmints

November 15, 2020

Hi everyone, I'm back with a new episode! Here's my episode with Paul Csomo from the Varmints podcast. Sorry for the poor audio at the start - I really hope you enjoy. 

Episode 18 - Anisosticta novemdecimpunctata - The Water Ladybird.

Episode 18 - Anisosticta novemdecimpunctata - The Water Ladybird.

May 2, 2020

Find out all about the water ladybird, plus a shout out to the Lady Justice podcast.

Sources used in this episode: Spotlight Ladybirds by Richard Comont

Field guide to the ladybirds of Great Britain and Ireland by Helen Roy et al 



Image taken from wikipedia by Gilles San Martin from Amur, Belgium. :) 

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