A few of our day-flying moths are quite butterfly-like in appearance and habit, although the smaller size will generally be a major clue to the difference. This is the Clouded Border - Lomaspilis marginata - which is associated with various trees. In this location it will be Willow:
|Clouded Border moth - Lomaspilis marginata|
There are quite a few different species of Soldier Beetle in this area. This all-red version (apart from the black knees) is Cantharis pallida:
|Soldier Beetle - Cantharis pallida|
This isn't a new fly to me - I see it every year - but it is a new identification. It's the Callophorid fly Lucilia caesar:
|Callophorid fly Lucilia caesar|
The Callophorids contain Bluebottles, Greenbottles and Flesh Flies, which are all recyclers of carrion.
Ichneumonids are now around in large numbers. This is perfectly reasonable, since there are many caterpillars and other insect larvae around to parasitise. This one was flying between - and carefully inspecting - the unrolling fronds of Lady Fern, presumably looking for moth or sawfly larvae:
|Ichneumonid on unfurling fern frond of Lady Fern|
This moth larva might well be one of its targets, although I haven't identified it yet.
|Moth larva on Cow Parsley|
It was crawling up the stem of Cow Parsley, but it isn't one of the Umbellifer feeders. Perhaps it was just sheltering from the rain.