It's lovely to get a day off together midweek and today Crafty Green Boyfriend and I took a walk along the Union Canal.
We saw our first butterfly of the year (well strictly speaking third, the second having flown past us at great speed a fewminutes earlier and the first having fluttered by in the centre of town a few days ago!). Our first photographable butterfly then, this lovely peacock
UK Hoverfly Facebook group to identify this species. Edited to add: confirmed as a
a female Melangyna lasiophthalma.
and this interesting looking bee, which we think is an early mining bee (waiting for confirmation on that id from Edinburgh Natural History Society).
It was a lovely sunny day and we enjoyed the masses of coltsfoot growing along the canal bank