It started raining about three o’clock this morning and kept it up for six hours. We have had just under an inch of rain with what looks like more to come.
This was the view at 0730h. I tried to catch the drips with a 1/2s exposure and second curtain flash. I tried eighteen times but it didn’t work. I’ll not bother again.
I checked the two caterpillars and they are fine but as they were sheltering under the leaves I didn’t disturb them. I was worried they may have been washed away.
I seem to have collected quite a few small fly images, non are stunning but some are quite pretty. Identification is, as always, the problem.
Hoverflies; Eristalis sp or bee mimics. The first one is Eristalis pertinax.
And similar again, Male, Female, Male.
Can you see the tiny Pollen beetle?
I spend my life or a fair percentage of it trying to identify things and was surprised to find this is a hoverfly. Chrysogaster solstitialis. The little dark patch on it’s compound eye is apparently called a pseudo pupil. Thought you would like to know.
Another don’t know. I have an excellent collection of Don’t Know flies.
Dozens of them.
I’ll leave you to get ready for the weekend, I hope you enjoy it.