It was a fine day in the main, although I missed the beginning of it through being exhausted after my shift. I hate wasting daylight especially when it was as pleasant as this. However, must be grateful for what I did get in this nothing of a summer.
Apart from a few carders, bumbles and honeybees were really not on view today. However, wherever there were flowering blooms, there were hoverflies. Not just the usual marmalade ones either, most of them seemed to be large bee emulating flies that I believe may be of the bombuylans species.
I don't ever recall seeing so many of these large hoverflies, and wonder if, as seems to be the case with many other species these days, they are moving North.
Speaking of which, I had a good look for ivy mining bees today, and although the strange and powerfully scented ivy flowers were attracting a lot of customers, there were none of these new southern invaders up here yet.
All images and text copyright CreamCrackeredNature 19.09.15
|Rare sighting of a native ladybird, possibly a 7 spot.
|Feeding carder bee
|This time of year, they are the dominant bumble about
|The marigolds just hanging on
|So, here's a big hoverfly
|On the flowering ivy
|And another one!
|Failing to hide from me
|Very dark markings, this species
|These yellow flowers on the small park near my home
|Lovely wing detail
|Big eyed beastie