|Male Anthidium manicatum on lamb's ear|
The first sighting of the year came last Monday, with a female heavily laden with pollen on a lovely flowering tree which I've somehow never noticed before. We'd actually been looking for clearwing moths using pheromone lures, but I'd got a bit distracted, first of all finding my second ever Melangyna cincta on some brambles, and then finally noticing the tree and the bees buzzing round it.
|The mysterious black bee|
|Hornet Clearwing, so good it deserves two photos|