Hoverflies on the Biting Stonecrop

Biting Stonecrop is a wonderful plant. It grows on the stone walls at Einar, creeping along the stone with small succulent leaves and sharp star-shaped flowers:

Biting Stonecrop

In the summer it was full of Hoverflies. Here’s Eupeodes corollae:

Eupeodes corollae - The Hall of Einar - photograph 9C) David Bailey (not the)

Here are two Eristalis species:

Hoverfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Hoverfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

And I think this is Helophilus pendulus:

Hoverfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I really should have put a Hoverfly identification book on my Christmas list.

They are glorious. Where is summer now? It seems like it’s the other side of the world.

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