Playing Hide & Seek

This Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax) was quite comical to observe, because it really was quite a shy fly. It was basking on a leaf near my pond, and as I neared it instead of flying off like they do most of the time it crawled behind the leaf and peered out at me. When I... Continue Reading →


Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … Drone Fly Eristalis tenax, June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

What It’s Not

... well it's not a Red-tailed Bumblebee which it is trying to mimic. It is a hoverfly called the Narcissus Bulb Fly Merodon equestris, also known as the Greater Bulb Fly. It knew the rain was on its way and had found a cosy covering under some spindle leaves. Click and click again on the... Continue Reading →

Who Needs Pesticides?

This is the larvae of a hoverfly Syrphus sp. I found it on one of my roses, where it was no doubt keeping the greenfly down. One of the true gardeners friends. In case you were wondering which was the front and the back of this thing, the rear has the two little orangy nodules.... Continue Reading →

Return of The Sun Fly

Click once to expand view, click again to get that little bit closer Sun Fly Helophilus pendulus resting on a stone on the edge of my garden pond. May 2018, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman Sigma 18-300mm.  

Let’s Have Some Marmalade!

By pure coincidence as I was photographing the garden pond for the previous blog to my joy I had this delightful little visitor alight on the Yellow Flag Iris. It is called the Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus, and I had to do quite the balancing act, getting my socks wet more than once, to get... Continue Reading →

Hoverfly Larva

This apparent small blob of semi-translucent jelly is a hoverfly larva. I discovered this one on my roses, and it loves aphids and should help to keep their numbers down. I don't know what species it is, but it is quite amazing to think that after consuming hundreds of aphids in this stage it will... Continue Reading →

Volucella inanis

This is a large black and yellow wasp mimic similar to Volucella zonaria, and the first time I have recorded it in my garden. The adults visit a wide range of flowers from June to September. Before 1995 this species had been confined to southern England, especially London. Over the years it has expanded its... Continue Reading →

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