Yesterday started with a frost but soon turned into a glorious , windless day. As I returned from our first walk I found this poor departed fly.
This is a Yellow Dung Fly; Scathophaga stercoraria. If you click the image you will see that behind it’s wing and above it’s back leg it has, as all flies do, a stick with a bobble on. This is the balancer and takes the place of the second wing to stabilise the fly in flight. It shows up quite well here.
After lunch I went out looking for some living insects.
This is another first for me this year. The Red-tailed Bumblebee; Bombus lapidarius. I got more insects than I bargained for here as it is infested with mites; horrible little spider type creatures. I have noticed several bumblebees similarly afflicted but I can’t see there is much to be done about it.
Things are looking better. These are all common creatures but there is a bit more variety about as the weather warms up.
Have a really good week.