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I read in today's newspaper that Bees and Butterflies are doing much better this summer and their numbers are up. Perhaps we blame ourselves too much when there is a decline as the weather seems to have a lot to do with it. I certainly have seen lots of bees and some butterflies around though like other people, no ladybirds. I think these were killed off by our atrocious spring when they woke up from hibernation. Of course it is no bad thing to cut down on sprays and grow suitable plants for insects but it is heartening to know that Mother Nature gives a helping hand now and again when needed.
I haven't seen any butterflies except cabbage whites, and no ladybirds at all (even from the larvae I bought!). I have more bees than last year, but a lot more bee friendly plants, so my garden isn't a useful yardstick - I do hope your newspaper's right though!
when I was up on the mendips the other week,I saw mass of black butterflies more than I have seen for ages and some more common types and a massive dragonfly.
Last year was awful, this year is not good. I haven't seen any blue butterflies, a fraction of the number of other species we were seeing a few years ago. very few dragonflies and far fewer damsel flies. It's not all down to our poisons, there's loss of habitat and weather. Our use of poisons is one thing we can alter though.
I've seen lots of bees and butterflies this year - but complete absence of ladybirds.
Yes, very poor for ladybirds here
I had aphids on the teasels, then the ladybirds arrived, and now no aphids and the ladybirds have moved on.The bees are loving the teasels now, as they have started flowering.
I seem to have mainly white butterflies this year so far. Mostly under the net protecting the cabbage from pigeons.
We spent the day at Minehead yesterday and walked some of the cliff path
near the golf links there. We couldn't believe the number of bees and
butterflies there - it was truly amazing and we saw varieties we never see
here on the South coast. Some of the vegetation there was very different
to what we see here, so I expect that is the reason.
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Ladybirds may have been late in hatching. See this article from this site's home page.