After seeing a few lovely ladybird shots on blip and seeing only the odd unkempt one while I've been outdoors, I went on a ladybird hunt today.
Stopping at the bush alive with hover flies, I spotted my comma from a couple of days ago and suddenly, in front of me was a little red & black spotted bug disappearing off into the depths of the foliage.
Could I find it? NO! Grrrr!
Patience paid off as some time later, this little pollen-covered beauty came crawling along.
As I continued on my way, I went a slightly different route to normal which went through a little shaded path. As I went through a wooden gate, there, on the rotten post, were at least half a dozen ladybirds including a bright orange one with white spots and ladybird larvae.
Shows what happens when you look a bit harder.