An insect which solves murders!

This humble Greenbottle Fly (Phaenicia sericata) was spotted sunbathing on my fern the other afternoon. Whenever I see this sort of  fly I can’t help thinking about Jeff Goldblum’s slow and gory disintegration… Continue reading

An “uncommon” visitor

This striking  species of hoverfly (Chrysotoxum festivum)  has been identified as being quite rare in the north of England – so I feel quite privileged to receive a visit from such an “uncommon”… Continue reading

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly sipping nectar from my balcony’s wild flowers. I was fortunate to get a photo of this beautiful butterfly whilst having my breakfast on the balcony, the other morning. It’s caterpillars… Continue reading

“Basket Case” Bumblebee

This Bumblebee is feeding on birds-foot-trefoil which is growing in my  balcony’s “dustbin lid meadow” If you zoom in to the photo you can see a “pollen basket” attached to the bees leg. … Continue reading

Hulme’s Hovering Hoverflys

Hoverfly feeding on the flowers of my climbing hydrangea. There are over 250 known species of hoverfly in the UK alone.This is one is possibly  of the platycheirus species. Whilst most hoverflys are… Continue reading

” Careful where you sit !”

Bumblebee in Foxglove Flower I planted this foxglove in the shadier part of my  balcony, last year, just behind the chair. I hadn’t  realised quite how tall it would grow and now  have… Continue reading

Birley Fields Meadows

This photo isn’t from my balcony but taken at birley fields , which is just across the road from where I live. It shows a “common blue” butterfly resting in the wild, meadow… Continue reading

Large Yellow Underwing

For a picture of the adult form click here: http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=2699

Foxgloves

Parasitoid Wasp