We've had a few days of sun now, and it's already getting difficult to keep up with the number of species I'm seeing.
Some water-walking insects are revealed by the shadows they project onto the base of the ditch. These 4-leaf-clover-type shadows are made by the water cricket Velia caprai. The insects themselves are present, but are hard to see as they scoot across the surface of the water.
A bit of refocussing (well, a lot really) and the insects themselves are revealed:
This Common Carder Bumblebee - Bombus pascuorum - was nectaring on the Celandine. I'm presuming she's also a queen, although they're a lot smaller than the other local bumblebee queens.
An excellent juxtaposition of two beautiful beetles: 7-spot ladybird and the leaf beetle Chrysolina staphylea:
This is the Early Grey - Xylocampa areola:
And two colour forms of yet another willow feeder, the Common Quaker - Orthosia cerasi: