Many thanks to Paul for the UA and to all of you who voted and commented on the red squirrel watching me. Last but not least thanks to Steve ( redpoll ) for selling the lens to me
Back to 'normal' for today: Spotted this strange bee or bee fly yesterday in a park in Brantome. So good to see some well watered green plants and flowers! Needless to say, the local pollen seekers regard it as a 4 star restaurant.
Now I need Carole Ade or Karen to tell me what it is PLEASE!!!
Update: Ed found it!! Many thanks for the ID: Tachina grossa or the giant tachnid fly