Thursday 20 July 2023

Suns All Round

For once, here anyway, we have had Sunshine on and off all day and the temperature actually reached the dizzying height of 20C. Probably nearly warm enough for the BBC to show in a scary red on their new, let's scare the masses, temperature colour scheme. Another Sun which appeared was in the shape of ...

Hoverfly Sun Fly DSCN1405

Hoverfly Sun Fly DSCN1407

... this Hoverfly (Helophilus pendulus) also known as a Sun Fly. There were other flying creatures around but the most abundant, and irritating, were scores of what my mother used to call thunder flies (thrips). They may be only 2mm long and 1mm thick but when they land and crawl about on the skin in their dozens it feels very itchy to say the least. Fortunately they are harmless to humans, just very irritating.


  1. Gosh, you know so much about everything, John. I thought that was a kind of bee at first. Glad to see a post from you, hope all is well where you are!

  2. Ellen: Thank you. When I read that the old saying came to mind -- Jack of all trades, master of none. ;>) I have seen them hovering so that bit was easy but I had to look up which type it was. Now I am in my 8th decade I'm not as active as I was. At the moment we having typical English Summer weather ... sometimes warm Sunshine, sometimes rain, sometimes cool or cold breezes plus occasional thunder storms and even hail showers. Never a dull moment!


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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