This morning dawned or started to at fourish. The sunrise was fine but although there was a big tanker on the horizon I couldn’t move far enough to silhouette her against it. I didn’t bother clicking. Around five thirty after a coffee or two I took the dogs out for a run on the beach. Moll reasonably dry.
I was getting eaten alive by what I think were sand flies or tiny midges. We set off back after twenty minutes and on the way back saw a Dipper.
By ten it was bright and sunny with enough breeze to drive the little biting insects away. Off we went with ring flash and 100mm macro lens. I sat down in a big heap of vegetation and in no time at all was surrounded by insects. It was a bit windy but I love watching the tiny flying pollen eaters.
There were lots of these. Exactly which Carder Bee it is I don’t know. I looked in the book and the Scottish one is lighter than the English one. A fine Bumble Bee. I am sorry I got no end of shots of these but either they were flying, I’ll have to have a look at some of those. Or their heads were buried in the Birds-Foot trefoil. Amazing that their wings are blurred when frozen by a strobe. They must flap at one hell of a rate per second
I at first thought this was a Hoverfly but it had it’s wings closed so I am going to either have to rely on one of you readers or just settle for an Empid Fly of some sort.
No Idea isn’t the name of the fly. I don’t think Collins bother much about flies till they get to half an inch long. I did look on the internet but little flies are in advertisements and tasters for expensive books. This is a little beauty.
I have got a Hoverfly and I’m 99% certain I have got the right one. There is another one that is black and white but it has slightly rounder white bits at the middle of it’s back. It’s a Scavea too Scavea pyra something.
I’m 90% sure this is a Sand Wasp. I’d been sitting for half an hour looking at Bumble Bees. They kept shooting off. I don’t know how it got here as it appears to have mislaid it’s wings. I usually take a magnifying glass. I couldn’t find it this morning. I do have a couple of 35mm film cans but when I tried to coax it in it hopped into the ground litter and I couldn’t find it..
Lady’s Bedstraw is the flower bit. Whilst focussing I thought I’d found a Frog Hopper but it looked very hairy. It did shoot off to I know not where when I gave it a poke with a bit of grass so maybe it is a Frog Hopper. It looks a very hairy little beast so perhaps it’s something else.
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It’s raining hard here with a capital ‘P’.