Our cherry blossom tree is in full bloom at the moment - it looks great for a few days and then is a complete pain the arse when the blossom falls en masse clogging every orifice in the cars.
Whilst pottering about the garden I noticed these small red beetles - there were at least 8 and all were on the Snake's-head Fritilaries. I think they are Scarlet Lily Beetles (Lilioceris lilii).
Also in the garden were this Hawthorn Shieldbug, some small toadstools
Later this afternoon, I headed over to Ketton Quarry to have another attempt at assembling Emperors. Absolutely zero success again, and also no joy at Luffenham Heath. I am sure that Emperors do not exist in VC55! I did manage some proper mothing joy at Ketton though when I checked the White Comfrey that grows around the back of the farm ..
Scarlet Tiger - excellent
Also noted were a Psyche casta larva feeding from its twiggy case, a few Common Lizards, loads of Common Heaths and the commoner butterlifes, and loads of Bee Flies ..
I'll finish the post with a few flowers from Ketton - though apart from the Primroses I'm not confident about the ID ..
(Presumably Field) Forget-me-Not
Wild Strawberry - or at least I think one of the above or below is, not sure which or what the other one is ...