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Spring is sprung! The first sign of spring in my garden is the appearance of lungwort.

Lungwort (Pulmonaria sp.)

Is it my imagination or are the ladybirds out early this year? There seem to be an awful lot of them – the last time there was a plague of ladybirds was in 1976 and weather forecasters are predicting a 1976-style drought. Is there a connection?

Seven spot ladybird

Seven spot ladybird (Coccinella 7-punctata)

Not quite sure about this one – it could be a pine ladybird or a variety of harlequin ladybird.