Despite being so early in the year, aphids are already covering the shoots of many plants. I saw my first Episyrphus balteatus of the year today. Basking on the warm, springy sun and then taking an interest in a small rose. I watched her while it flew away and back to the rose, chosing a fresh shoot and then adopting an egg-laying posture. I was surprised, but the camera was ready in my hands. The first one of the year and it was already mated! The hoverfly left and I looked at the rose stem.
A bright white egg sat surrounded by fat aphids. What a well chosen place! Hopefully the aphid infestation will soon be under control thanks to the voracious hoverfly larvae.