This time of year is always great for insect photography as the ivy flowers attract a large number of visitors. I am still working on close-up shots in the field. I particularly like the monochrome close up of a hoverfly eye and the Black ant (Lasius niger). The minute metallic blue gall wasp also pleased me. It is Ormyrus nitidulus; although these gall wasps are often recorded in association with plant galls, they don't cause the galls but are parasites of the insect larvae that formed the galls. The last image is the Ivy bee - a species first recorded in Toft briefly in 2016 but increasingly common since then having only arrived in the UK in 2001.