The Cuckoos Cuculus cuculus arrived in April and they spend May in the tops of trees 'cuckooing' their hearts out. This one is in a walnut tree in Beaulieu-lès-Loches. Even though this isn't the best photo in the world, anyone who is familiar with cuckoo species all over the world will recognise the jizz, especially the droopy winged stance. It's amazing how rarely one sees a cuckoo, given how often one hears them.
Longhorn to Look Out For: Golden Bloomed Grey LonghornAgapanthia villosoviridescens.
You may see them lurking about on vegetation at this time of year. I don't know if it is coincidental, but whenever I have seen them they are on plants that are prickly or otherwise irritant.
This is the first month of the year when temperatures are likely to be in the 20°s and sunlight hours at least 200. Hurrah! Minimum temperatures around 10° on average.