Saturday, 27 March 2010

Hoverfly and Clearwing

I don't know the name of this small hoverfly but there were plenty of them in the garden today, making the most of the unexpected mid-day sunshine. Is it Eupeodes luniger?

I had noticed plenty of insect activity around the catkins of Kilmarnock Willows at the Otley Garden Centre this morning where honey bees and bumble bees were much in evidence, so I decided to check my own tree.

Bombus terrestris bumble bees are visiting the heather and also investigating possible nest sites in the dry stone wall.

The smaller photograph shows the light brown head and dull white shoulders of a Currant Clearwing (Synanthedon tipuliformis) larva eating the pith of a blackcurrant stem in my back garden.

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