21 Jun 18


A scorcher of a day and an opportunity to check out the wildlife in the back garden. The pond is certainly the centre piece with around 20+ Semaphore Flies, mainly males all trying to impress the females with their signalling.
In the rest of the garden a Blue-tailed Damselfly remained for an hour or so, and the flowering plants were a great attraction to a Large White butterfly and a Meadow Brown. There were other butterflies but sadly all fly-bys and these were a Painted Lady, Large Skipper and a Ringlet.

In the Valerian a Silver Y moth was disturbed and flew off, and there was an ichneumon wasp, but that did a vanishing act as well.

Elsewhere in the garden there were many Swollen-thighed Beetles and on the Purple Loosestrife, Poppies and other flowering plants there were a few hoverflies, 2 Bombus hortorum, a Red-tailed Cuckoo-bee (Bombus rupestris) and a Narcissus Bulb Fly (Merodon equestris)

A lovely sight and one you don't often see nowadays was a juvenile Greenfinch tagging along with an adult bird.

Here are a few images from this afternoon.

A Blue-tailed Damselfly

Very flighty, but at least it gave me an opportunity to photograph it with different backgrounds.

A very well vegetated pond

A Semaphore fly checks out a Swollen-thighed beetle swimming in the deep end. 

This fly was one of the species in the Name a Species 2012 competition and won the lovely English name of Semaphore fly. Clusters of males may dance around single females, which lack the white wing marks. When I lived in Swindon I use to find Semaphore Flies on my pond. More Here.

Another Swollen-thighed beetle this time a male and yes the female did reach the bank with a little help from moi.
A pair of flies doing what flies do.

A Garden Bumblebee, Bombus hortorum.......

............the same Bumblebee with a small Sweat Bee passing by.

Another Sweat Bee sp. I believe.

This is a Narcissus Bulb Fly, Merodon equestris................

............which has a variation of colours........

.........to match several species of bee.

A Common Carder Bee

This is the Long Hoverfly, Sphaerophoria scripta

A Meadow Brown stops off briefly.