Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Wings for Wednesday

Lots of winged insects about the garden and house at the moment.

A small Cranefly on the kitchen window.


One sunny day there were three Common Darter Dragonflies around the garden pond. All were males. One stayed for several hours and chased away any others which dared to make an appearance.

Common Darter Dragonfly 3

Common Darter Dragonfly

There continue to be Blue-tailed Damsel Flies from time to time which are still breeding.

Blue tailed Damselflies 2

I have a wasp nest under my front hedge so I don't hang about there. Occasionally one strays indoors where my rule is 'The only good wasp is a dead one'.

Dead Wasp

Also found dead in the kitchen was this which was about 6mm long.
Probably an ichneumon wasp though no idea which.

Unknown Fly

Back outdoors found several Greenbottles

Greenbottle Fly

and this black bee.

Black Bee

Not sure what type it is - a miner bee maybe.

Finally there were plenty of hoverflies doing their best to thwart me snapping one in flight.



  1. Such detail in your wing-ed creatures, especially the face of the dragonfly! My wasp nest that I tried to obliterate with a pressure washer has repaired itself...and I have kept my distance (although I am trying to rig up a long straw like contraption for the spray to reach the nest). I like that your wasps in your photos have snuffed it and are no cause for harm or alarm!

  2. Wow! A great set of images but the close up of the Darter is a real beauty.

  3. I like all your "wings" but the last photo of the hoverfly against the pink flower is especially beautiful.

  4. The Lumix TZ7 does a good job with close up shots Glo. It never ceases to amaze me.
    The pest control bods here use a powder so the wasps trail it the nest thus killing those inside, including the queen.

  5. Thank you Adrian. The dragon close up doesn't compete with Keith's though.

  6. Thank you Mick. It took about fifteen shots just to get one where the hoverfly was at least partly in focus.


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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