We have lots of small mining-bees in the garden which I have never identified to species before. I am happy that this one is a Tawny mining-bee. It was sunning itself in the hedge.
|Tawny mining-bee Andrena fulva|
However the main colony of bees have their nest entrances around some loosely laid slabs near the house, and these are a different species which I think are Yellow-legged mining-bees Andrena flavipes.
|Yellow-legged mining-bee Andrena flavipes|
|Nomada fucata, a cuckoo bee|
I think these are Syrphus ribesii and Eupeodes corolla but would welcome any corrections.
The first house martins of the year, and a couple of new plants bring my total to 143.