First week in June and things are going strong. Yesterday was a day of extreme rain and thunder around here so the mosquitoes are about this morning and roaming gangs. All that rain and a bit of heat today though has really spurred plants into growth. The vegetables are sootting up – first lettuces will be eaten shortly, peppers and jalapenos are setting, the sour cherry tree is laden with small fruits (won’t the birds be pleased) and it also looks like a bumper crop of black-currants to come.

A bumblebee you to be identified (Bombus sp. anyway) attends to a dandelion.

Not a bumblebee, as first thought, but (thank Chris) a Syrphis fly mimicking a bee.

The gallery – click thumbnails to enlarge