Thursday 22 March 2012: 4 spotted ladybird
Probably due to the mild winter and the past week of warmth many more Ladybirds than usual have survived to complete their life cycle by laying eggs for the future generations. One of the early plants that afford some nourishment is this Helleborus foetidus. An unusual plant in that it has a predominantly green flower with purple edges and a number of stamens that attract different insects to the pollen.
I hope that the numerous ladybirds doesn't mean that we will have a plague of greenfly as happened in the sweltering summer 1976 followed by an equally large plague of Ladybirds that do actually nip!