Nice photo Pete. Didn't see any of these today, but did see my first Ruddy Darter of the year- a smart mature male.Also saw a pair of Common Darters in cop with the female releasing eggs. Generally low numbers of Odonata today.
Also saw a handsome fly sitting on a Field Scabious. I recognised it as a conopid fly but not the species. Researching when back home I pretty sure it was Physocephala rufipes; the larvae of which are endoparasites of bumblebees. I did see 2 bumblebees land on the flower next to the fly but there was no interaction between them.
A good selection of insects at Chobham today (won't mention butterflies or ladybirds as covered elsewhere) including Bog Bush-cricket, Mottled Grasshopper, several Bee Wolfs, a Lesser Cockroach beaten from an oak, 2 Spiked Shieldbugs,Birch Shieldbug + the mosr conopids I've ever seen.
In the local country park (avoided the tube strike today!) quite a few Small Red-eyed Damselflies on one of the pools with several pairs lined up together egg-laying in some pondweed.
On the way back home I said to my partner that I still hadn't seen Volucella zonaria yet this summer + then said as likely to see one in the garden as anywhere else. Amazingly as I opened our front gate there was one on a large clump of Fennel. Also on it were Myathropa florea, Scaeva pyrastri, Eupeodes luniger, Syritta pipiens + a few others as well as Lucilia flies + a few Vespula wasps.
The last couple of weeks the Fennel has been dominated by wasps but pleased to see fewer of these + more hoverflies. Noted a couple of wasps had come to a sticky end as they'd been caught by unseen spiders.
V. zonaria my IOD- such a magnificent insect that I usually see a few of each year in the garden.