This photo was taken spring 2012 , there were 100’s of seven spot lady birds coming out of there winter hiding place in the ivy hedge. This year due to the long cold winter I can say I’ve only seen a couple, the winter has taken a toll on them which is really sad.
Seven-spot ladybirds are, or should be, a gardener’s best friend as they are natural allies against devastating aphids. These beautiful beetles, and their larvae in particular, are avid and very active aphid predators, devouring more than 5,000 during their year-long life. The seven-spot is easily one of Britain’s most common and easily recognised beetles. As well as across their natural range in Europe, seven-spots now live wild in North America where they were introduced to help control aphid pests.