In the Garden

Ten days ago I saw my first social wasp of the year, a queen Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) like this one from a few days ago that posed rather better:

Vespula vulgaris

Vespula vulgaris

Now there are large numbers of workers pollinating our gooseberries.

Gooseberry flower

Gooseberry flower

Weeds in the garden that are flowering include Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna subsp. fertilis), Dandelion (Taraxacum sp.),  Daisy (Bellis perennis),  Common Field-speedwell (Veronica persica) and Wavy Bitter-cress (Cardamine flexuosa).

The bumblebees were first on the Hellebores and the Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis) but also had an interest in Scilla sp. They soon moved on to a spring-flowering Erica and are now all over the various flowers in the garden.

This hoverfly Eristalis pertinax appeared several days ago and has been patrolling the same patch of the garden every day since. It alights on my shirt or even on my hands while hammering when I was remodelling the fruit cage.

Eristalis pertinax

Eristalis pertinax

Moths are now coming in large numbers – there were 38 in my moth trap last night. There is a massive preponderance of Hebrew Characters at the moment with 30 of the 38 being that species this morning.

I have had Peacock and Green-veined White butterflies in the garden and elsewhere on the island Katie has seen Small Tortoiseshell and Green Hairstreak.

Peacock on Sallow

Peacock high up on Sallow

By way of other interesting flies, I had a spiny-winged fly Heteromyza commixta determined by Ian Andrews who runs the recently started Heleomyzid Recording Scheme.


Additionally, yesterday there was this tachinid in the polytunnel which is very likely Botria subalpina, a fly I have had in April in 2015 and 2019. This fly was found for the first time in the UK by Murdo in 2012. (Later: Confirmed.)

Botria subalpina

Botria subalpina (probably)

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3 Responses to “In the Garden”

  1. Seth Gibson Says:

    Your bee fly is actually Eristalis pertinax, which is a hoverfly.

  2. Stephen Says:

    Aaargh yes – wrong image….. Thanks. Now sorted.

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