Can anyon identify this insect for me please? The first photo shows it head on to show the yellow markings, which I think are at the back of the head and the front of the thorax. The second shows it sideways on to show the markings along the thorax. There is a common wasp and a small fly in the 2nd photo, I've left the wasp in as it gives an indication of size and I've left the fly in as it would be a bonus to get an id on that as well (I think it might be a fruit fly).
I thought the main insect I am trying to id would be easy as it's markings are very distinctive but I didn't realise just how many black and yellow flies/wasp/insects there are! I have tried various kinds of wasp (ichneumon, digger) and flies but with no luck.
Thank you for this. I've looked at photos of Mellinus Arvensis on the Internet and in my insect book and it looks like a good match. I missed identifying it from my book because the photo is from a different angle and doesn't show the incomplete yellow band nor the dark bases on some of the legs. The photos and descriptions I found on the Internet are better and mention both the broken band and the dark bases to the legs. The description in my book also provides a good explanation of why I have seen several of these wasps on my damson tree - apparently they catch hoverflies and the tree has had a lot of aphids on it recently and this has attracted hoverflies.