My fledgling list of wildflowers seen in the garden in 2021 has doubled today.
1. Daisy (20 February)
2. Violet (18 March)
3. Chickweed (19 March)
4. Dandelion (19 March)
The Chickweed was tiny and was almost hidden in between paving slabs, but the Dandelion was positively shining in the sunlight, our first decent sunlight for days.
There were quite a few 7-spot Ladybirds and even more Pine ones, including a mating pair. You can see the distinctive rim in the photo below. These ladybirds are very small.
The photo below shows the difference in size between the two varieties.
I noticed one snail in between some old planks of decking.
Unfortunately I could not really see the lip of its shell to see if it was brown. I gather we are likely to return to dark cloud tomorrow so I expect I will have to wait a bit longer for my first butterfly. My earliest Bee-fly sighting here in Suffolk was on 24th March, so perhaps I will see one of these this year before a Peacock, Red Admiral or Brimstone graces our garden.