Archive for April 26th, 2011
I’ve been catching up on some gardening chores over the Easter weekend, always a good excuse to ferret about in the undergrowth looking for wildlife. Invertebrates recorded in the Lime Kiln garden over the easter weekend included Holly Blue, Red-tailed Bumblebee, Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Azure Damselfly, St Mark’s Fly and the large ‘dagger fly’ Empis tesselata. These predatory flies get there names from the long piercing mouthparts which they use to spear their prey (or to feed on flowers as in the picture). Many of these flies are quite small, though E. tesselata is the largest British species, measuring up to about 1.5cm.
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