Well my suspicions may be partly right because just as I was thinking maybe they gathering for a great ‘mate down’ I found a few pairs happy at it.
My other theory that they may also be hungry (could be due to the pheromones ‘now these are just my theories’) was also confirmed when I decided to transfer a couple to my ochre plant in the greenhouse which on inspection I found some red aphids. The first one I transferred literally snatched the fly straight off and well you can see for yourself. The aphids started to panic and started to drop off the leaf onto the lower leaves and the pot’s soil, so I answered with more ladybugs who also immediately tucked into the feast that had suddenly materialized.
There were a few more ladybugs seen: