Saturday, 22 August 2015

Low Level Hoverflies

My rather little feeble, un-beflowered garden doesn't really have a lot to offer. It doesn't see a massive amount of summer sun due to the trees, and any time any good cover of wild flowers gets going, the gardener next door hacks it down "as a favour".

But I do have a smallish buddleia, now much more brown than purple, a holly tree my Polish neighbour murdered the bottom half of to let some light into her flowers - technically most of the trunk is on her side - and below this, another cropping victim.

It's some form of ivy, I think, and it has recently come into bloom with small creamy flowers. It doesn't seem to attract bees so much, but instead acts as an attractor for wasps - think there's another nest in my roof again judging by the numbers of small males I'm finding dying in the flat - and also hoverflies of varying species.

Picked up these three yesterday, a couple of bombylans looking types with the big black hourglass on the abdomen, and a more "traditional" one. I've seen the wasp hoverflies on it too, but alas not one of the hornet hoverflies sadly; only at the castle grounds.

That was a magnificent beastie!


Words and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 22.08.15

Not quite

Better! Lovely hourglass marking

You can tell this is on the mobile phone!!! But it was in my hand...


  1. I'm not at all sure what that plant is - do the flowers smell nice? I do see it around quite a lot.

  2. I will investigate the flowers and report back.

  3. I feel like I have seen those flowers in arrangements before. Nice shots of the little flying critter.

  4. Thanks Denise, pity I didn't have my compact to hand though, for better quality