Saturday, December 26, 2015

Dangling Marsh-lover

Yes, another find from Ashdown. I think it's the first hoverfly (Diptera order, Syrphidae family) on the blog. I was looking at the excellent Hoverfly Recording site and according to them 106 hoverfly species have been recorded in my postcode (BN7)! This is Helophilus pendulus, one of the commonest species in the UK. Besides being important pollinators, hoverfly larvae are big aphid-eaters, making them a valuable friend in the garden.

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