Several bloggers, including Caroline Gill at Wild and Wonderful , have remarked on the shortage of ladybirds earlier in the year. We had a few 7-spots in our garden in late spring but, as yet, no second generation individuals of that species.
Yesterday this 14-spot ladybird put in an appearance. This is one of the smaller species, less than 4mm. long, with very variable colour patters. The typical form has 14 distinct spots but this form, where some of the spots merge to form an anchor shape on the elytra, is quite common too.