Friday, 11 August 2017

Visiting insects this summer

I took a tour around the garden with the macro lens and captured a few lovely insects visiting my wildlife friendly garden.

Hoverfly volucella zonaria, at 20mm in length it's our largest hoverfly. Also known as the Belted Hoverfly, it's more common in southern England (info courtesy of The Wildlife Trusts).

This insect has moved house with me a few times now, the marvellous looking Vapourer moth caterpillar above, male adult moth below. So long as you don't mind them eating your plants you can really enjoy them in your garden.

And here is one of the caterpillars making it's cocoon on the underside of a geranium leaf.

Some lovely visiting bees, I like the pale coloured pollen sac on this bee

I really wasn't sure what bee this was, but it's small and rather lovely. Is it a male Common Carder Bee?

Hoverflies on these yellow flowers by my front door

This spider carries it's eggs around, I'm not keen on spiders in my home but happy to have them in the garden. However I just can't look them up for ID purposes as close up's give me the creeps!

More hoverflies, this one is quite small and on a erigeron flower, I've noticed that this plant really attracts hoverflies.

A lovely bee with its yellow and orange colouring on lavender. I struggled to identify this one but is it a Bilberry Bumblebee?

Not in perfect focus! That's the trouble with the macro lens, the lavender is in focus in the photo below and the bee is a little fuzzy.

It had just started to rain and I caught two tiny raindrops on its head as it turned around (and in focus).

I don't know if you've seen this website but I found a citizen science project called Blooms for Bees which is all about surveying flowers to help improve gardening for bumblebees. It's really worth a visit with lots of information.

I hope you are all well
Until next time


  1. Brilliant macro photography, such lovely little insects. I am happy to be visiting again. Really enjoyed myself, thank you :)

    1. Hi Denise, thanks for stopping by. I'm afraid I'm not a regular blogger at the moment, but trying to post when I can.

  2. red tail drone bumblebee! and yes, a common carder. Those hornet hoverflies are magnificent beasts!

    1. Hi Simon, many thanks for the ID's and that hornet hoverfly has been hanging about my back garden for ages, nice to know it's not a hornet and just a harmless hoverfly.

  3. Super macro shots and a wonderful selection of insects visiting your garden.

    1. Many thanks, I just saw the hoverfly and thankfully the Nikon with macro lens still had some charge, then that got me snapping for an hour or so and I loved it.

  4. Lovely photos, bees on lavender are one of the sights and sounds of summer. Love the photo of the hoverflies on the yelow flowers:)

    1. Thank you Rosie, I love lavender and the variety of bees that visit it. I'm planning on putting more in the back garden.


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