Friday, 6 August 2010

Friday at the Flicks (Busy Bees and Flirting Flies)

Once again my Lavender bushes are attracting scores of insects both day and night. During the day each of the three plants attracts at least twenty bumble bees of four types at any one time. White butterflies have started to visit and before long I expect more varieties will arrive. Late evening, as the numbers of bees diminish, their place is taken by dozens of moths.

A short video of just a few of the bees. (Taken with the Lumix TZ7)

Earlier in the week a couple of flies on the water lily leaves caught my attention. It was the first time I had ever noticed a fly moving sideways. Is this a case of an ardent admirer stalking its victim, a happy dancing fly showing off to its partner or part of a mating ritual? (Taken with the Panasonic DVD camcorder)

Whichever it was the smaller fly was very persistent as this activity went on for quite a long time.

Have a great weekend observing the antics of the wildlife around you.


  1. John, those flies are just ridiculous but very entertaining.

  2. Aren't they just, Adrian. Makes me laugh every time I watch it.

  3. I have hit the wrong key twice trying to send you a comment, and each time my words have disappeared into thin air. I will try more carefully this time.

    Your fly video is priceless ~ and inspired me to write a poem, which includes some other blog post inspirations.

    I wonder if flies "bark". When the fly is bobbing up and down, it looks like it is barking in fly language. Who knows! Very entertaining and amazing video John. I also enjoyed the lavender and bees, but not with quite the same reaction. ;)

  4. Usually we are unaware of all the adventures going on around us all the time. Thanks for seeing this one and sharing it!

  5. Third time lucky, eh Glo. It was the fascinating antics of the little fly which caught my attention. I didn't know flies could move sideways and at such a speed as well.

    Great poem on your site - beautifully illustrated.

  6. My pleasure Wilma. They say simple things amuse simple minds and that little fly certainly amused me. ;)


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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