There are two plants in the front garden which are attracting plenty of winged creatures at the moment. Lavender and Hibiscus.
Notice anything missing? Butterflies! Last year the lavender especially was a great attraction for butterflies. To date this year I haven't seen one on or near these plants.
All photographs were taken with the Lumix TZ7, usually with the lens within three inches of the insect. Not a problem with the bees and hoverflies but can be a bit fraught when it comes to wasps.
An Ashy Mining Bee?
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