Anyhow here are some flying critters seen over the weekend. The first two are a couple of Volucella hoverflies that I hadn't seen before. I'd been over the lane in the orchard picking pears then had a wander up the road with my camera. Thanks to the recent rain the wildflowers growing on the verges and in the ditches are doing very well. I'm pretty sure it's Hogweed (Heraclum sphodylium) in the first set of photos - a large umbellifer that grows in all the ditches around here.
|Hoverfly (Volucella inanis).|
|Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens).|
|A fly of some sort feeding on a Dahlia.|
I'm hoping for more butterflies this week as the temps are due to rise. There are a few Peacocks and Red Admirals around which I associate with this time of year, but few and far between. I'm used to seeing loads of them (and Commas too) feasting on rotting plums and feeding on my Sedums, but so far it's just not happening!
|Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria).|
|A tatty Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) on Feverfew.|
|The Peacocks (Inachis io) I've seen lately all seem rather small.|
|Zephirine Drouhin the rose has been looking tatty lately but has|
managed a few more flowers - and who is that handsome dude on the leaf?
|I don't know the ID but it's a wasp of some sort and a very handsome beast I reckon.|
|This Carder Bee matches the Dahlia perfectly.|
I also saw this female Scorpionfly in my orchard. The banks of the stream are covered with nettles, thistles and brambles, perfect for wildlife. There are many orb weaving spiders too which is just what the Scorpionflies like, as they are scavengers feeding on dead insects and sometimes stealing from spiders' webs. They also eat live aphids so are welcome in my garden, and I have seen them in the veg patch a number of times. Scorpionflies are not flies despite the name and belong to the order Mecoptera.
|Scorpionfly (Panorpa communis) stealing a spider's dinner.|
Finally, something that can't fly yet as it's still only in the nymph stage but it was looking pretty on my Hydrangea so it got its picture taken.
|Common Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina) nymph on a Hydrangea petal.|
I'm glad I didn't need to write reams for this post as I'm still getting used to a new keyboard, the only difficult thing about this computer change.
Have a good week everyone!