Spring is here – the ladybirds are mating!
On 3 March I went out and there were five 7-spot ladybirds sunning themselves on our mint, sage and marjoram (which are up against a south-facing wall). And then yesterday I went out and there were 11. This morning I went for coffee with a neighbour who said she’d seen ladybirds mating in her garden earlier. So when I got home this lunchtime, I went and looked at our ladybirds, and lo and behold, two of them were mating too.
Mating ladybirds is one of the ‘Signs of Spring’ that Nature’s Calendar ask you to record as part of their national SpringWatch programme. So, I noted my sighting with them. At their website I can see the sightings I’ve recorded there in previous years. So, in 2005, for instance, I first saw ladybirds mating on 31 March – much later than this year.
P.S. I also saw my first ants of the year in the garden today.