As the summer rolls on, the hoverflies are really making their presence felt - where earlier we saw plenty of Nomada and Andrena bees, we are now seeing a definite shift towards bumblebees and hoverflies as the most abundant pollinators. In all habitats, hoverflies are floating around, some of them easily overlooked for being so small and slight - others, seen, but too zippy to catch with the camera!
|Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) on California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)|
|Hoverfly cruising over courgette flower|
We were out this morning, checking on progress of some of our nectar-rich flower beds around Leeds. At Armley, the poppies were spectacular...
|Poppies at Armley Park|
|Hoverfly - egg-laying, or something else?|
I was surprised that anything would choose to lay eggs on the upper side of a leaf, especially at this time of year, as eggs and developing young would be at increased risk of dessication and sunburn - most insects choose to lay on the underside of leaves, to maintain a more stable environment, and to protect against predation. It may be that the small white capsule seen being deposited was of a more scatological nature than an egg - we shall follow this up, when we get a minute!