Ladybird, ladybird fly away home,
- Your house is on fire and your children are gone
This is the one and only ladybird I have seen in our garden this year. And that was back in May. There may be others but considering the amount of time that I spend in the garden with my nose in the plants you'd think I would spot one or two.
This is not the first year that they have seemed a bit scarce. We went as far as introducing them in the form of nymphs last year. They were carefully put on the currant bushes to get rid of some of the aphids that were deforming the leaves. It was a veritable ladybird banquet....then they disappeared!
Perhaps they lived up to the children's rhyme and simply flew away as soon as they developed into adults.
Come to think of it hover flies and lacewings have been rare as well. And we do plant for wildlife with plenty of flowers (only singles please) in the kitchen garden and the aphids are always there as a ready meal.
However other insects seem to visit the garden in droves. The ceonothus and the astrantias were alive with the hum of bees in the past few days. There are several different kinds bees and their relatives over the past few days. It's hard to believe sometimes that they're n endangered species.