Millions of ladybirds have invaded northern Germany, although Hamburg seems to have escaped the worst of the invasion so far.
Here is a photo I took in Schwerin, during the Federal Garden Show on 27th July 2009, circa 1-and-a- half-hours from Hamburg: http://www.englishpages.de/hamburg/images/nature/Rimg0292_400.jpg
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Here, photos and stories from German sources: http://news.google.de/news?pz=1&ned=de&hl=de&q=marienk%C3%A4fer