OK, it’s a Bumble Bee in the picture. I’ve tried to take a picture of a hover fly just as it passes my I phone, Oh I caught it, but it’s just a black fuzzy blob.. You can’t tell what it is, but I know.
I suggested to Elayne that we should do more to encourage an increase in the number of hover flies, by not cutting the grass (a recommended method). As you can imagine the prospect of lead balloons being involved was mentioned. I cut the grass.
We have an area at the bottom of the garden that the hover flies seem to really like. There are usually four or five of them there. I love the way they just sit there, and yet move with such precision. It is incredibly graceful.
That contrasts completely by the bustling randomness of bumblebees, there is a myth that they shouldn’t be able to fly. Of course that’s bunkum, because plainly they do. If we couldn’t explain it, that would be our problem, not theirs.
Isn’t there something stunningly beautiful about a garden full of insects? I absolutely love it, I am so glad that we have a wild patch again, I am really looking forward to seeing it develop, and the insects it brings in.
Except Spiders. I don’t want them anywhere near me. There’s sign up saying Arachnids not welcome. Trouble is, I think they’ll ignore it.