|Honeybees love the fruit tree bloom|
Honeybees are a given. My hive is situated close to this tree, but fruit trees tend to attract honeybees wherever the hive is. Fruit tree honey is supposedly of good flavor, though I have never collected honey this early, so this ends up feeding the bees.
|Flies, perhaps Tachinidae in the foreground|
There were, of course, a variety of syrphid flies. This species is one of many that seeks plants with aphids to lay eggs. The larvae feed on the aphids, killing more than it can eat, while adults feed on pollen and occasionally nectar. Their mouthparts are very short, so they can only feed on nectar where it is very accessible such as on very shallow flowers. Many herbs in the carrot family are of use here, as well as many in the Asteraceae (sunflower family).
|Syrphus opinator ♂|
Another syrphid, this species in known as the drone fly. Adults feed on flowers, pollen and nectar. Larvae are found in stagnant water. They have the lovely "magic reappearing lunch" name of rat-tailed maggots, so named for the tail-like "snorkel" they use to breathe. They tend to prefer water with a lot of algae and other small organisms, on which they feed. These waters are often high in nutrients, and subsequently depleted of oxygen where it is shallow from all the algae, etc. As if you didn't need more reasons not to drink stagnant puddles out in the wilderness, the eggs of some species of Eristalis can be swallowed by humans and the developing larvae will live in the intestinal tract, a condition called myiasis (a term used to describe any parasitic fly larvae infestation of the human body).
|Andrena, Scathophaga, and a dance fly (Empididae)|
|Andrena sp. (top) and Coccinella septempunctata (seven-spot ladybird, bottom)|
|Andrena and Empis|
|A lone yellowjacket (Vespula sp.) seeks nectar|