Day 60: Pollinators

“Hoverflies, sometimes called flower flies or syrphid flies, make up the insect family Syrphidae. As their common name suggests, they are often seen hovering or nectaring at flowers; the adults of many species feed mainly on nectar and pollen, while the larvae (maggots) eat a wide range of foods.” (Source)

17 thoughts on “Day 60: Pollinators

  1. I always thought that any flying insect hovering around flowers are bees. Glad that pollinators include many flying insects. I’ll take a closer look next time. My sage seems to flower forever attracting many flying insects. Perhaps they get a high out of sage,

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  2. A beautiful shot and so well captured :-)! I must say I do like hover flies, some of the larger ones can be very comical as they dart around in pairs! We have a great deal of them, sometimes when they come in the conservatory, it can end up sounding like a little buzzing choir 😉 though I do always manage to shoo them all out before closing up time! Their jobs are too important to have them trapped indoors 😉

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    • Thank you so much! It’s so cool how nature camouflaged them to look like bees and wasps. I know what you mean about the buzzing – it can get quite loud when there are many of them. 🙂

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      • I’ll have bees and hover flies any day of the week in my workspace, but not wasps! I had a queen wasp looking for a new home last week, would you believe it she thought our corner sofa was the best thing since sliced bread – I was horrified – there were cushions everywhere whilst trying to persuade her to leave, this went on for a couple of days, sometimes when I though she had left, I would come down in the morning to find her sitting on the sofa! Once I knew she had gone out I kept all doors and windows closed for three days, she was very persistent trying to head butt her way back through the glass…thankfully she must have since found herself a new pad!!! Can you imagine having a nest in the sofa YUK @-/

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        • I don’t think I could sleep knowing there was a wasp making her home in my couch! I wonder what it was about your couch that she found so attractive? Wasps are pollinators too so they are better off outside. 😉

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          • I know, she was definitely a confused little beastie! but she was all set to keep traversing from outdoors to the corner and then under the cushion gaps. I know wasps like to find dark little holes and I think that is what she thought she had found in the sofa gaps. It’s not the first time we have had wasps make unlikely places their home – a few years back we had three living in our door key lock, it was murder trying to lock/unlock the door, eventually Andy removed the lock and there was the tiniest most perfect little wasp nest…For three!!!

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  3. I’ve never known anything about these till having read some about them recently, and I’m sure I’ve often mistaken them for bees. Your blog is so educational, plus you take such great photos.

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    • Hoverflies can look like bees or wasps – nature’s way of camouflaging. I’m so happy you find my blog education as well as enjoyable to look at. I love nature and love sharing the interesting things I see. I’m not a very good writer so I often let others explain via quote or excerpt. It’s nice to know that others enjoy what I see – if you know what I mean. 🙂

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