Thursday 31 May 2018

Y's after the event

As I write this, it is a foggy evening and there will not be a sunset. Well, obviously there will be a sunset, but it will not be visible through the murk. This morning was very different, we awoke to warm sunshine, so sunny, in fact, that when Our Lass left for work it was already rather hot. Before she drove off, we stood for a while and marvelled at the goings on in what passes for our cottage garden border. There were many moths, busy nectaring amongst the Red Campion. And several species of hoverfly, basking on leaves or flowers.

The moths were Silver Y, an immigrant species, and there must have been an influx overnight, as the local wildlife social media sites were all a-flutter with the news. I managed to take a short burst of video to illustrate the abundance, see hereI then returned indoors to swap my phone for a proper camera, the better to photograph the hovers.

Silver Y, Autographa gamma

Leucozona lucorum

Episyrphus balteatus (Marmalade Hoverfly)

Scaeva selenitica


Spadger said...

More nice pictures again Mr W

Imperfect and Tense said...

Hint taken!

GretchenJoanna said...

These are fantastic!! Insects are never so interesting or appealing as when they are engaging with plants and flowers, AND when a skilled photographer engages with the scene :-)

Imperfect and Tense said...

Thanks, GJ! In fairness, the comparative abundance of insects, the nice light and an absence of a breeze all helped to up the standard of my shots!