Ladybirds were not the only things the sun brought out today (see Ladybirds galore! post). I saw quite a few Spring firsts in the garden, including:
– My first hoverfly of the year.
– My first queen wasp of the year (which I recorded at the Nature’s Calendar SpringWatch website). I think this is the first queen wasp I’ve ever seen. Or rather, the first time I knew I was looking at a queen wasp. I knew what it was because of an article I’d read in BBC Wildlife magazine.
– My first brimstone butterfly of the year – indeed, the first I’ve ever seen here.
– My first peacock butterfly of the year (which I also recorded at the Nature’s Calendar website). Usually this is the first butterfly we see see each year. But this year I saw a Red admiral first, back in February. And then a brimstone (see above) earlier today.