Well it looks like Spring has arrived. Today (Easter Sunday) the lovely warm weather has bought nature out in abundance. Not only are the flowering black current, sweet violets and periwinkle in flower in our garden but the insect world has woken up as well.
Harlequin Ladybirds are mating already, but I have also seen a Seven Spot, Two Spot Ten Spot (two types) and a Cream Spot. Harlequins are outnumbering out native Ladybirds dramatically so it was good to see some of our own, albeit as ratio of around 1 to 25 +.
Also seen in our garden was a very large wasp, which I think had overwintered in a conifer. The same conifer also had three Shield Bugs, a Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina); a Bronze Shield Bug (Trolilus luridus) and a first for me, a Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglosssus occidentalis).
I have also seen a large red tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapdarius) flitting across some daisies and what I think is a Hover Fly.
Yes it looks like Spring is here.