It was a warm, sunny afternoon and the cherry was at full bloom (three weeks earlier than last year), attracting a menagerie of bees, butterflies, queen wasps and flies. I did saw a honeybee, but I think even without this species, the cherry would be fully pollinated given the number and diversity of insects on it.
Several bees were firsts for the year, including Bombus lapidarius, B. pascuorum and Melecta albifrons. I saw the first male red mining bee yesterday but they seemed to be everywhere today.
Bombus lapidarius queen
Anthophora plumipes female
Queen wasp grooming
Possibly a dronefly
Male Osmia bicornis
and a Peacock also settled repeatedly on the blossom to feed
A small shining metallic wasp fell on the small pond and was rescued.
The first water beetle in the Victorian bath that makes our mini pond, awaiting ID.
Melecta albifrons, a cuckoo bee that parasitises A. plumipes, feeding on Muscari
Melecta albifrons, resting on a daffodil
And finally, a shot of a Red Mason Bee patrolling the Muscari.