Today we are experiencing a plague of ladybirds. I counted 12 on and around our living room window and Zoe says that there are more outside on the lawn.
It reminds me of a similar plague in the early summer of 1976. One sunny morning I had an appointment in Eston and afterwards I walked back over the Eston Hills to Guisborough. On the way I came across several plants that were almost completely covered with ladybirds. But those were bright red; the ones today are a duller orange-brown.
There is even a melanistic one: