Neil Pont

Wildlife Photography

"My Blog has moved - click on this link"


No flies on me...

Posted on 3 July, 2020 at 7:35

What a miserable week of weather - haven't got beyond the garden - so no birds today.  We are back to little things lurking in the vegetation.

Hoverflies are always around and I spotted something different the other day.  It is a 'bee mimic' fly - Merodon equestris, also known as the Greater Bulb Fly.  It gets its name from the fact that its larvae develop in bulbs - especially daffodils.  I had trouble identifying it from my 'Britain's Hoveflies' book because it is 'polymorphic' and therefore can come in many guises, depending on which bee it is mimicking.  I had to use the UK Hoverflies Facebook page to get an identification (very helpful peole there).

It seems to me that this fly is trying to mimic a Red-tailed Bumblebee:

When you start looking carefully you can see that the bee has longer antennae and the fly has much bigger eyes.

But, it's clever stuff isn't it! The theory is not that they are trying to fool other bees or wasps.  Rather it is 'Batesian mimicry' (as first proposed by the naturalist H.W. Bates).  The theory is that a palatable species evolves colour patterns which imitate the warning signs of a noxious species, directed at a common predator.  In other words, by looking like a stinging and distasteful bee or wasp, a hoverfly gains a degree of protection from predators, even though it is actually perfectly edible.

To some, this chap may look like a wasp:

There are many yellow and black marked hoverflies - this may be Eupeodes luniger (but - there again - it may not be!).

Another creepy crawly we've got few of is the Ladybird larva.  Would never have guessed that such a scary creaure would turn into something so bonny and helpful...

We do see insects around our pond plants; which are growing by the minute. So let's finish with our splendid Yellow Flag Iris...

Categories: 2020

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.


Reply Cas Number 73-22-3
6:48 on 1 March, 2021 
Reply Lisacal
6:19 on 1 March, 2021 
clindamycin purchase
Reply 3.5 Inch Tft Lcd Monitor
6:01 on 1 March, 2021 
Reply Copper Ceiling Light
4:27 on 1 March, 2021 
Reply Clarkwaice
3:55 on 1 March, 2021 
i02xc w2vdz 59bh
Reply Markcal
0:12 on 1 March, 2021 
ciprofloxacin generic generic viagra in usa
Reply Jasoncal
21:49 on 28 February, 2021 
buy ivermectin neurontin tablets buy cheap paroxetine online metformin 500 mg for sale cheapest price for effexor sumycin tablets can i buy propecia over the counter in canada azithromycin generic online shopping pharmacy india bupropion 450 mg
Reply Jasoncal
21:38 on 28 February, 2021 
cost of generic propecia 1mg yasmin 0 03 mg 3 mg cialis from india online pharmacy malegra 25 prescription cost for clindamycin levitra coupon sildenafil generic cialis 100 mg cost of atenolol 50 mg uk buy discount cialis online
Reply Chimney Valve
21:28 on 28 February, 2021 
Reply Lisacal
19:51 on 28 February, 2021 
best price for arimidex
Reply moncler outlet
18:33 on 28 February, 2021 
I needed to send you this little remark to help give many thanks the moment again just for the pleasing things you've shown above. This is so incredibly generous with people like you to grant publicly exactly what a few individuals could have offered as an electronic book to end up making some profit for their own end, precisely considering that you might have done it in the event you considered necessary. These points as well worked as the good way to know that other individuals have the same zeal like my very own to realize lots more in respect of this condition. I know there are lots of more enjoyable sessions up front for many who scan your website.
moncler outlet
Reply air jordans
17:20 on 28 February, 2021 
I simply needed to thank you very much all over again. I do not know the things that I might have used in the absence of these concepts provided by you concerning such a subject matter. Previously it was an absolute fearsome crisis in my position, but discovering the specialized manner you managed that took me to weep with joy. Extremely happy for this assistance as well as pray you really know what a great job you have been accomplishing educating some other people thru your web site. I am sure you've never got to know all of us.
air jordans
Reply golden goose sneakers
17:19 on 28 February, 2021 
My spouse and i have been ecstatic when John could do his homework while using the precious recommendations he got in your web site. It's not at all simplistic to just continually be giving out secrets and techniques which often some others could have been selling. Therefore we do know we have got you to give thanks to for that. The entire illustrations you've made, the simple website navigation, the friendships you make it possible to instill - it's got all amazing, and it's assisting our son in addition to us know that that idea is fun, and that's exceedingly vital. Many thanks for all!
golden goose sneakers
Reply adidas yeezy
17:19 on 28 February, 2021 
I want to show my gratitude for your kind-heartedness for individuals who need assistance with this one theme. Your special dedication to passing the solution throughout became extremely important and have really allowed most people just like me to get to their ambitions. Your insightful help signifies a lot to me and still more to my fellow workers. Warm regards; from all of us.
adidas yeezy
Reply curry 5 shoes
17:17 on 28 February, 2021 
Thank you so much for giving everyone an extremely brilliant opportunity to read articles and blog posts from here. It can be so great and packed with a lot of fun for me and my office mates to search your site at least thrice in one week to learn the new stuff you have got. And indeed, we're usually happy with the attractive solutions you serve. Selected two tips in this posting are in fact the finest we have ever had.
curry 5 shoes
Reply supreme clothing
17:17 on 28 February, 2021 
I have to convey my respect for your kindness giving support to people who need help with in this situation. Your real commitment to passing the solution throughout had been remarkably advantageous and have helped employees much like me to reach their objectives. Your own insightful recommendations implies a great deal to me and a whole lot more to my peers. Thank you; from each one of us.
supreme clothing
Reply Kiacal
17:16 on 28 February, 2021 
malegra 100 cheap
Reply Kiacal
14:26 on 28 February, 2021 
flagyl tablets
Reply Dencal
14:07 on 28 February, 2021 
viagra generic over the counter online pharmacy no rx fildena 50 mg price in india flagyl without a rx malegra 50 mg
Reply chrome hearts outlet
12:25 on 28 February, 2021 
I have to get across my love for your generosity in support of those who need help on in this idea. Your real commitment to getting the message all around became really powerful and have continually made ladies just like me to realize their aims. Your new helpful guide implies so much a person like me and still more to my colleagues. With thanks; from all of us.
chrome hearts outlet