Despite its name, Ground-ivy is actually a member of the dead-nettle family and is not closely related to Ivy. It is an evergreen, creeping plant of woodlands, hedgerows and damp ground. It often forms clumps, spreading by means of overground runners that frequently root. It has a strong smell and violet flowers that appear from March until June. source; https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/wildflowers/ground-ivy
Remember that the Bee-fly is parasitic on solitary bees. And many other parasitic insects feed on this flower too.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kleptoparasitism) which will target unsealed pollen-stocked nest cells created by their Mining bee hosts and lay their own eggs inside. Look out for them in the coming days. source; https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/goodens-nomad-bee/
Here is another species, a Broad-banded Nomad Bee, in my garden from 16th May 2016
https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/mourningbee/ Note its five eyes. Click to expand the pic's.
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