This is a common drone fly (Eristalis tenax), named for its mimicry of a male honeybee. It was first identified in the reserve in 2019.Continue reading “Common drone fly”
Clive Knight has discovered and photographed a new species of fly in the reserve. He writes:Continue reading “New species”
by Ian Bushell
I photographed this fly by the pond on Saturday. It’s Empis tessellata, one of the larger species of Dance or Dagger Flies. It can be seen from April to August.Continue reading “Dagger Fly”
Message to Ian:
Another unidentified insect inadvertently included in a botanical picture. Any idea what it is?
A marmalade hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) feeding on the nectar of a bramble flower. This is a new species for our lists, despite its ubiquity.
The marmalade fly gets its name from its colour, and its thin cut/thick cut dark stripes, just like marmalade.
This is a drone fly (Eristalis tenax), named for its mimicry of a male honeybee.Continue reading