Hoverfly Wash Day

Even insects have a sense of personal hygiene, and this Hornet Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) is no exception. It had settled on one of my climbing roses and was happily preening its long proboscis.

Making sure it doesn’t miss a bit, getting right to the tip …

Nice and spick and span …

And time to just chill out …

Photographs taken June 2016, rear garden, Staffordshire.