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The flowers on one of my cacti recently attracted some hoverflies.
They were there for ages in the sunshine, and I could see them collecting pollen from the anthers inside the flowers.

They didn’t keep still very much, so were rather difficult to photograph,
but I’ve uploaded some for you to see how busy they were :o)

In their native habitat, cacti are pollinated by bees, moths, and some birds – especially humming birds.
But here they’re pollinated by hoverflies lol :o)

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Great blog and photos Hywel.

3 Aug, 2014

amy
Amy
 

Amazing photos Hywel , so clear !

3 Aug, 2014

 

Very interesting blog Hywel

3 Aug, 2014

 

I love hoverflies. Great photos Hywel.

3 Aug, 2014

 

Smashing photos and very interesting blog. Thank you for sharing.

3 Aug, 2014

 

Thanks for your comments :)

3 Aug, 2014

 

Fabulous shots Hywel, don't know how you did it.

3 Aug, 2014

 

Smashing photo's Hywel, they were busy, noticed lots of hoverflies around this year, the verbena and the blue flowers in the pond are the preference for them in my garden......I don't mind them or the bees and will watch them for ages but if the big hornets put in an appearance thats when Susie legs it indoors VERY quickly, lol.....

3 Aug, 2014

 

Very good close ups Hywel. All pollinated so now you can have cactus fruit.
That flower is beautiful.

4 Aug, 2014

 

Gosh Hywel the photos are very good, I see media photos not as detailed as those, isn't the flower a lovely colour too........

4 Aug, 2014

 

Lovely pics Hywel... lots of hoverflies about this year....

4 Aug, 2014

 

Great close ups Hywel, so glad the hoverflies are busy out there.

4 Aug, 2014

 

Beautiful close-ups there Hywel.

4 Aug, 2014

 

great pics Hywel. it's nice to kick back and watch mother nature in action..:-)

4 Aug, 2014

 

Thank you all :))

4 Aug, 2014

 

these are lovely pictures Hywel. Its a testament to your patience that you have such wonderful shots. Cacti pretty too.

5 Aug, 2014

 

fascinating!

6 Aug, 2014

 

Thank you all :))

6 Aug, 2014

 

wonderful photos Hywel, hoverflies are so good for the garden I get a lot down in the dell. When I'm setting on the swing seat, they dart and dance in front of my eyes!

7 Aug, 2014

 

Thank you :)

7 Aug, 2014

 

Gorgeous!!! What type of cactus is that?!

9 Aug, 2014

 

Thank you ...
It's called Echinocereus rigidissimus :)

9 Aug, 2014

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