Monday, 16 July 2012

The mornings wind and rain lasted into and throughout the afternoon, making for another miserable summers day, and stopped any thought of a patch visit, the only birds I noted today were the KESTREL family, seen as I walked to and from work, plus a CARRION CROW in my garden this afternoon, feeding on an apple, a scarce bird at the feeders !  Thats it for today   :-(
Here's the last of the photo's from my blog folder, they were taken yesterday afternoon, anyone want to identify the first insect? looks like a fly posing as a bee  :-)
Unidentified Fly - Turns out to be a Hoverfly - Volucella Bombylans, thanks to Greenie for the id   :-)
Small Skipper


Greenie said...

Warren ,
Yes , another horrible day . Re. your fly posing as a bee , it is infact a hoverfly posing as a bee , Volucella Bombylans .
Can't be as wet tomorrow , can it ?

Warren Baker said...

Cheers Greenie,
I haven't seen this type of hoverfly before here :-)

Pete Woodruff said...

Excellent image of the Hoverfly Warren..don't see that many pics of flies/bees/wasps do we, I wonder why.

Jason K said...

Yep the weather has been pants up here today too Warren. Fortunately I managed to get some sunshine for an hour or so on the patch yesterday!

Rohrerbot said...

A hoverfly. Beautiful pic....looks like it likes to bite:)

ShySongbird said...

Hi Warren, It could very easily be confused with a bee!

A dreadful day again here yesterday. The National Trust have said the effect on wildlife is 'almost apocalyptic'!!! I really hope that turns out to be an exaggeration...but already it is known that 90% of Puffins have been lost on Brownsman Island :-(

Warren Baker said...

Apocalyptic, just about sums it up Songbird, especially for the insect feeding birds :-(

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Your hover is as Greenie says V. bombylans variety plunata. Keep your eyes peeled for the red tailed bee mimicing V.bombylans var. bombylans probably be(e) around somewhere nearby.