Tapered Drone Fly

Eristalis pertinax – There are a lot of these around at the moment, hovering in mid-air or just chilling and preening themselve. Double-click to enlarge images. © Peter Hillman ♦ 6th April 2020 ♦ Rear garden, Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

Green & Bronze

Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … Meet Lucilia sericata, a  brighly polished-looking fly. This one has rather tattered wings. June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Tachina fera

This is certainly a fly you cannot miss with it’s bright orange abdomen, dark stripe and bristly appearance. It is fairly large, too, as flies go with a length of 9-16mm (0.4-0.6in). This one was taken with my Water Mint, feeding on its nectar. The adults are usually seen May to September. They are fairly… Read More Tachina fera

Lucilia sericata

Sometimes called the ‘Common Green Bottle Fly’ or the ‘Sheep Blow Fly’, it is one of the commonest and best known flies. Very distinctive with its metallic green colouring and dark bristles, but it can also have a metallic copper green tinge as well. It is often found basking on walls, fencing or vegetation. And… Read More Lucilia sericata

Pied Hoverfly

Scaeva pyrastri This is the first time I have seen this hoverfly here. I usually see similarly yellow marked flies, so this was quite something to see one with bright white markings. Note how the frons (that section in front of the eyes) bulges. That is a characteristic of this species. This is a fair-sized… Read More Pied Hoverfly

European Blowfly

Calliphora vicina Commonly called the ‘Bluebottle’ fly, several of them appear to be enjoying feeding off my Spindle which is just coming into flower at the bottom of my garden. This is the commonest of the Blubottles in Britain, Calliphora vomitoria being very similar, but less common. Calliphora vicina has quite a striking metallic blue… Read More European Blowfly

Bee Fly Flying

I had a visitor today. This Bee Fly (Bombylius major) was feeding from one of my Grape Hyacinth blooms between April showers. It must be tiring work all this high speed buzzing about, as it had to take a rest on a stone in the warm spring sunshine.

A Curious Fly

The warmer sunshine has been bringing the insects out, and many have set up their favourite sunbathing spots on my Spotted Laurel at the bottom of my garden. But this one was not sunbathing, it was doing something which I had not seen before. Above the Spotted Laurel grows a tall yellow berberis bush which… Read More A Curious Fly

Phaonia subventa

I know flies are not everbodies cup of tea, so to speak, but some certainly stand out and have the most striking colours and patterns. One of many similar species of housefly. It has an orange body (females have more black colouration) and a grey and white stripy thorax with an orange scutellum. It has… Read More Phaonia subventa

Making The Most of The Fading Blossoms

Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) Early November and this hoverfly is making the most of the fading rose blooms. Photograph of Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) taken November 2016, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Nikon 18-55mm lens. Manual setting ISO 100. 1/200 sec. f/6.3. No flash, hand-held.

On The Windowpane

This morning I spotted this cranefly on my living room windowpane as I was eating breakfast. Grey skies and rain outside, perhaps it was wishing it was indoors. Photograph of Tipula confusa, taken October 2016, on living room window, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

Chequered Hoverfly

Melanostoma scalare A fairly small and slender black and bright yellow patterned hoverfly. Length 8 to 10mm. The larvae are predators in leaf litter. The adults feed on nectar. Seen April to November. Found mainly in grassy areas or along woodland rides. Abundant and widespread throughout the UK. Photograph 0f Chequered Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare) taken… Read More Chequered Hoverfly

Volucella bombylans

This hoverfly looks remarkably like a bee, and exists in two different forms where var bomylans mimics the Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) and var plumata mimcis the White-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum). It is distinguished from similar hoverflies by having a hairy body. Length 15mm. The larvae are scavengers of wasp nests and feed on debris and… Read More Volucella bombylans