Aug 11th by Ian under Bird Watching

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Aren't hover flies brilliant? inquisitive and so mobile. I have a small patch cut out of my lawn and it is sown with wild flower mixture. It is a buzz with hover flies at the moment. So I stuck the lumix on macro and had a go at some pics, I believe the hover with the white stripes is a marmalade hover fly. Look at the size of the eyes! imagine the reaction times of a hover fly in control of a tornado fighter. How wired up is a hover fly when we need highly skilled pilots with multiple computers to control a clumsy (in comparison to a hover fly) plane. Nature, not only red in tooth and claw, but exhibiting the finest flying design along with mimicry.

2 Responses to “Hover flies”

  1. Ian August 15, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    visitors? aye they read, but are feert to comment, mainly my colleagues.

  2. August 15, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    These hover-flies are Episyrphus balteatus. They are the most common hover fly in the U.K , and there are similar species from the continent which can be differentiated by the pattern on the scutellum and the way the wing`s are held.They are also good for gardens not only for pollination but also their aphid scoffing larvae.

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