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26/07/2012 at 11:03

I havent seen one Ladybird this year!!!!   I go to all the trouble of building a Ladybird Mansion in my greenhouse and  NO  ladybirds...I look like a mad lady scouring the hedgerows to see if i can find any...one the other hand  the Cabbage whites are out in force today and im frantically netting everything and finally some BEES arrived in my garden with the sunshine so just maybe all is not lost this year

26/07/2012 at 11:35

I think I've seen one, you're right, far fewer than normal. 

Lots of bees though. 

Also I saw lots of hoverflies around the flowers in my troughs a few days ago. 

26/07/2012 at 12:22

I've got lots of ladybirds,bees etc. I know it's not pc but I can't appreciate all this wildlife gardening stuff.  Along with the usual slugs and snails we enjoy the assistance of: moles, rabbits, foxes, badgers, pigeons, pheasants, a heron, and this year, a stray peacock. I'd just like to have a bit less! Mind you, we do have red squirrels, so I suppose it's not all bad!

26/07/2012 at 12:56

No ladybirds, but lots of bees and at long last some butterflies.

To me gardening & the wildlife stuff go hand in hand.

26/07/2012 at 16:51
I have loads they are around
26/07/2012 at 17:20

Not seen ladybirds up here for a long time. Lots of bees

26/07/2012 at 21:37

Typical isn't it, you go to all that trouble of building a home for out friends and they don't move in 

I have a lovely little bird feeder which you can thread apples through, the birds don't even look at it yet they manage to see currants hidden under leaves on bushes  

27/07/2012 at 08:17

I had posted several weeks back that there are no ladybirds here - SW France - and to date I still haven't seen one.  Yes, cabbage whites everywhere but now the other butterflies are out - later than usual but more daily.  Greenfly, blackfly and whitefly in abundance unfortunately.  Fewer bees and the wasps are around early.  There are a lot less flies this year so that could explain that but there are more horse flies - as my poor legs and arms can testify to 

There's a second colony of birds just fledging so the Magpies are hanging around.  I've been putting out cooked rice with the wild bird seed as there's loads of mouths to feed now and they cost us a fortune to feed. 

Still, where would we be without them all ?

27/07/2012 at 09:50

Had loads on my allotment when it was warm earlier in the year, in this last lot of sun havent seen any. I have a Persicaria in the garden that has loved all the rain ( glad somrthing has) and is covered in flowers which in turn is now covered in bees. Pegging out the washing one day couldnt work out what the noise was, turned around and was amazed to see so many bees. Starting to get a few butterflies around now as they weren,t to keen on the rain.

27/07/2012 at 10:24
Ive seen two so far
27/07/2012 at 12:34

We've had reasonable numbers (in Yorkshire). They made a good job of the greenfly but are turning their noses up at the blackflies for some reason ?

 

27/07/2012 at 13:13

Not a lot here either though they have competition for aphids form sparrows and tits feeding their young.  Not many butterflies either.  Quite a lot of bees buzzing about though.

27/07/2012 at 13:14

yes we have plenty ladybirds here,I am  in south yorkshire .

27/07/2012 at 15:43
Just saw another one. one of the black ones with red spots.
27/07/2012 at 17:16

I had have had some right very bright orange ones visit me.

 

 

27/07/2012 at 17:55

 Did anyone see the gardeners world program which was letting everyone see the differance between our small english ladybirds and some larger ladybirds , preditors from abroard .?

 I think it was when Monty was on  last year . ones we are supposed to destroy are bigger and they are wiping out  our little ladybirds

27/07/2012 at 18:06
lucky3 wrote (see)

 Did anyone see the gardeners world program which was letting everyone see the differance between our small english ladybirds and some larger ladybirds , preditors from abroard .?

 I think it was when Monty was on  last year . ones we are supposed to destroy are bigger and they are wiping out  our little ladybirds

Harlequin ladybirds- more on that subject here

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/9064571/Harlequin-ladybirds-threaten-British-species.html

27/07/2012 at 18:45

not seen one ladybird outside this year, but a couple in the house.  saw ONE butterfly today and my first one this year only last week.  loads of bees, though, all swaying on the lavendar, so that's good. lots and lots of starlings but that might be because i feed them raisins. 

27/07/2012 at 18:52

 

I had ONE ladybird on my car yesterday.....none in the garden though..!!!

27/07/2012 at 18:55

i think that was one of my ladybirds, going on its hols

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