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Saturday, 4 August 2018

Episyrphus balteatus

It's OK, I struggle to pronounce it properly as well.  But I can pronounce Marmalade Fly, which is what was having a lovely tea yesterday on an Echinops flower head.



Not a bee or wasp, but a hoverfly;  much maligned through ignorance because they mimic bees and wasps, but terribly important as pollinators and devourers of aphids - definitely a gardeners' friend.  Absolutely beautiful chap 🙂

Some excellent information at this Microscopy website, a fascinating place that is likely to consume HOURS of my time.









6 comments:

  1. I have to say he is very beautiful, lovely photo.

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  2. I absolutely adore hoverflies and they equally love parsley flowers. They positively swarm all over ours - so from now on I will allow a parsley to bolt every year, just for the hoverflies :) excellent photos :D

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    1. Kate, what a super idea. My parsley usually tries to go to seed, so in future I shall let it :)

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  3. We get a few hoverflies in the garden, along with the bees and the dreaded wasps! Lovely photos :)

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    1. Hi Nikki-Ann, sorry you don't like the wasps - we find if we ignore them, they completely ignore us. At the weekend we were able to go into the shed which contains the lovely nest and no-one bothered anyone.

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