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Very few bees about in the garden now – in fact, its been at least 1 week since I last saw one. There are still plenty on offer for them and it has been very sunny during the day – but alas they are no where to be seen. I still have plenty of hoverflies though.

I thought I would share a couple of pictures of this little lady. As I found out last year here on GOY the easiest way to id the sex of a Hoverfly is it’s ‘eye’ or it’s proper name the Ocellor Triangle.

Females look like they are wearing sunglasses and males look like they are wearing a visor. I can’t for the life of me remember who told us that but it’s one of those little titbits of information that has stuck inside my head.

Epistrophe grossulariae Fairly distinctive as a moderately large species with neat parallel bands on tergites 2 and 3 with the yellow uniformly reaching the front edge. Found throughout the UK, very often attracted to umbellifers along wood edges or nearby meadows; however, it is somewhat local and rarely found in numbers. On the wing May to October, peaking usually in July

In she goes……

Mmmmmmm what’s down here?

I enjoyed that

Ready for take off….

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What a pretty little insect :o) I'm pleased she enjoyed the flower ...
I saw just one bee today - trapped in a spider's web :o(

8 Oct, 2012

 

We had a rather dozy bee in the bulb house going from crocus to crocus. He (?) was going so slowley that one crocus closed up for the night with the bee trapped inside it! Next day the bee carried on, walking between pots.

8 Oct, 2012

 

Love those arum flowers Scottish. Great photos. Nice to learn more about the insects in our gardens.

8 Oct, 2012

 

lovely pics Scottish :-)

8 Oct, 2012

 

Really brilliant photos, Scottish! :)

I think that was ShirleyTulip who explained the difference...well, to me, anyway. :)

8 Oct, 2012

 

That last photo looks like a yellow rubber glove Scottish. Great photos.

8 Oct, 2012

 

Brilliant photos, Scottish ...

Karenfrance - I remember posting a blog about Hoverflies a couple of years ago - wonderful little insects ... :o)

8 Oct, 2012

 

Yes! I knew it was you, Shirley! I love the way they come and "check you out", if you know what I mean? :))

8 Oct, 2012

 

Always remember to keep a Alba Moschata plant near your Brassicas. In the evening the Hoverflies will come to it, then fly over and eat the White Butterfly larvae on the Brassicas - until the 2nd week in September when they go into hibernation. Thats the only time you need to check the leaves. They do it for us !
Amazing how Hoverflies developed their colours, so that the birds would think they were Wasps and leave them alone. They have little brains.
I think Nature is so wonderful.
Dragonflies have survived since the time of the Dinosaors because they spend most of their lives under water.

9 Oct, 2012

 

Know what you mean about being 'checked out' Karen! It freaks my daughter out and she yells at them "What? Go away!" But, luckily, I'm made of calmer stuff so didn't freak out even when being checked out by a large dragonfly - that was amazing! The tip about Alba Moschata near brassicas is a good one, Diane! I shall remember that and, hopefully, be able to do something about my lacey cabbages next year. :o(

9 Oct, 2012

 

Big beautiful dragonflies come into my garden every summer...sadly, they don't stay, though...
My pond is a severe disappointment to them...
...and me...lol!

9 Oct, 2012

 

Wow amazing pictures Scottish, well caught !!!!!!!!
I never knew how to tell the difference between male and female, sure it'll stick in my head now too :-)

9 Oct, 2012

 

I'm grateful for all your lovely comments and glad you enjoyed my pics. I do enjoy finding out about all the different beasties that visit my garden.
There we have it - we all know how to sex hoverflies now thanks to Shirelytulip.
Now I need to encourage the dragonflies - I don't seem to see many beasties flying around the pond.

9 Oct, 2012

 

Thank you for the tip about the malva Diane - does it have to be the white one or do the pink ones work as well?

9 Oct, 2012

 

Bulbhouse full of hoverflies today. Saves me putting on the yellow and brown striped jersey and picking up the paintbrush :-)))

9 Oct, 2012

 

Had a wee giggle there bulba....I hope MG takes her turn :))

9 Oct, 2012

 

I honestly dont know about the Malva Moschata Alba, just that the white variety has always worked for me. Just have to be careful not to destroy the seedlings with the hoe next Spring. They soon grow up, I have to watch for the little round leaves. Thats why I never use a Rotovator.

10 Oct, 2012

 

Do you have any spare seed?

10 Oct, 2012

 

Will have a look when I go down the field, there were some flowers which fell over - I just didnt bother because they seed themselves !

10 Oct, 2012

 

great blog henny!

14 Oct, 2012

 

Cheers Pix xxx

15 Oct, 2012

 

Brilliant photos Scottish :o))

19 Oct, 2012

 

Thanks Annella :)

19 Oct, 2012

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