|Kidney-spot Ladybird? - see below|
After only the single Chiffchaff the last few days it was a bit of a surprise to have 14 singing birds here today. The sun was warm and it brought out a few Peacock butterflies and good numbers of Bumblebees plus a couple of Hoverflies but I failed to get a positive id on the latter.
I know there has been a lot of talk about the shortage of rain but my legs were soaked walking through the grass to the pools. It wasn't worth it however and one pool was completely dry and the other had only a fraction of the usual amount of water and was hidden by the surrounding vegetation.
|A dry farm pond|
Back in the garden there were 30+ Seven-spotted Ladybirds and another which was much smaller, all-black with two red-spots. I think this is a Kidney-spot ladybird but I not altogether certain it is not one of the other similar looking species as the spots seem to be the wrong shape/postion for me to be sure.