Sunday, August 15, 2010

More garden insects

The aphid farming continues in our garden with a increasing variety of hoverflies and other insects visiting to harvest the bounty. 7-spot Ladybirds are now more numerous and a few 14-spots have joined them and the Harlequins.

But it's the hovers that continue to dominate. E. balteatus is still the most abundant but more S. pyrastri about, the first M. florea of the year and only the second ever garden record of Xanthogramma pedisequum, a most striking wasp mimic. I should think there are about 10 different species present at the moment.

Migrant Hawker, Holly Blue, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper were also around today.

Xanthogramma pedisequum

Myathropa florea

Scaevia pyrastri

Eupeodes luniger

14-spot Ladybird Propylea quattuordecimpunctata

Canon Powershot SX10

1 comment:

PatioPatch said...

I love hoverfly and these images are superb. Perfect spot for Scaevia pyrastri to lay eggs amongst all that blackfly. Thanks for all this identification info too