Tis true, stacks of bumble bees this year, good as I thought they were on their way out with some odd virus that was wiping out many bee species.
No ladybirds yet, in fact I have not seen any for some years now.
It is surprising how insects seem to boom-bust. Just from memory
1973 year of the ants.
1976, year of the ladybirds.
1979, year of the green fly.
1981, year of the thunder bugs
1990, year of the wasp,
1995, Another year of the wasp - in fact this year, they were absolutely endemic along the south coast.
This year seems to be year of the mosquito. I hope none are Anopheles.