Dark-edged Bee-fly

Bombylius major – A large fast-hovering fly which looks like a bee. It has a very long needle-like proboscis which it uses to feed from flowers. Double-click on image to enlarge. © Peter Hillman ♦ 24th April 2020 ♦ Local woodland margin, South Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

Like Polished Metal

Syrphus sp. – I am fortunate to have many hoverfly visitors to the garden. This one was taking a break from all that hovering about by resting on a leaf of my crabapple. Double-click to see more detail. Copyright: Peter HillmanCamera used: Nikon D7200Date taken: 26th June 2019Place: Rear garden, Staffordshire

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.

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… Read More What It’s Not

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

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.

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.