The garden is still very sparse in the flower front. Today the first tete-a-tete daffodil opened and there are a few primroses. That is a problem if you rely on nectar and pollen for energy. Two droneflies (Eristalis tenax) including the female on the top shot fed on honeydew on the ivy. Notice its long, dark proboscis licking the leaf and the spots of honeydew on the leaf on the foreground. Later one of them flew to the Lauristinus, which is now in full bloom, where it joined a honeybee and another early hoverfly species (Meliscaeva auricollis). Marmalade flies (Episyrphus balteatus) were also about.
Dronefly on Laurustinus
A dead queen wasp
Marmalade hoverfly, Episyrphus balteatus
The hoverfly Meliscaeva auricollis also in Laurustinus