Tag Archives: Hoverflies

Six on Saturday – Flower spikes and Hoverflies

We’ve had a stressful week with a poorly dog and daily visits to the vet (arthritis and pancreatitis apparently). Hopefully Sadie is in the recovery phase now, but I will be glad when I stop having to visit that front … Continue reading

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Wildlife Wednesday: February and Spring’s False Start

In spite of several dreadfully wet days, February gradually brought real signs that spring was emerging. Honeybees could be seen happily buzzing around brightly coloured spring bulbs. Drone flies, Eristalis tenax, were out in numbers too. They are one of … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – The considerable allure of teasel

   

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Some fun: Learning to count with hoverflies

Hoverflies (Diptera, Syrphidae) belong to a large family of flies. They are true flies, with only one pair of wings (wasps and bees have two pairs). Hovering is a speciality, with the head of the insect remaining completely still whilst … Continue reading

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