Also, can someone tell me what's happened to all the lady-birds this year (2013)? I think I've seen only one, and about a month ago I saw a ladybird larva.
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one of the many hover flies....
these imitate wasps as part of there defence,
Many thanks for your answer. By the way, the photo was taken last year. I haven't seen any of these hover flies this year, yet.
Yes a hoverfly - a type of fly, it looks somewhat like the Marmelade fly - Episyrphus balteatus, but we'd need a better photo to be sure.
There are increasing numbers of Ladybirds appearing now, and in fact you have photographed one in your top picture.
The little red object at left-middle is a ladybird in its pupal state. :-)
Many thanks for your answer. I found pictures of the Marmalade fly in Nature Spot and Wikipedia, and they certainly do look like the one in my photo.
My photos were taken last summer (2012), by the way. There were loads of larvae in my garden last year, and I was able to watch the progress of two pupae on leaves just outside my window. There were so many larvae that I saw them crawling around on the pavement, so I was very surprised to see very few adult ladybirds either then or this spring and summer. So far I have only seen two or three!