Sexing a hoverfly

As mentioned in the previous post, differentiating between sexes of insects can often be tricky but in the case of hoverflies and the Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus in particular, it is relatively straightforward, especially with two similar photographs to refer to.  In males the area covered by their compound eyes is significantly…

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The time of the hoverflies

On the still hot days of late June and early July, the hoverflies cover the flowerbeds, hanging from invisible threads before settling on flower landing pads to feed. This seems to be their time in the garden, just as the bee fly seemed to dominate the scene back in April. A…

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Rattlebag

Starting this disparate collection of images and sightings from the last week or so is a new butterfly sighting in our garden. This Holly Blue butterfly made occasional appearances last weekend and stayed just long enough in one place for me to get a shot and positively identify it. It…

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