I thought it fitting at this time of year, when Aphids are appearing on roses, that the humble hoverfly Platycheirus should take centre stage as she was laying her eggs on the roses so her larvae could feast on the Aphids. So folks, don't spray those roses, keep calm, take a deep breath and leave it to nature!
Platycheirus scutatus female, full of eggs and in the process of depositing them in appropriate places, aren't they clever! .. 27th May
Nice introduction of the new thread Janet! Perfect demonstration too how nature takes care of pests without using poison! Great shots too!
I have loads of Aphids too, but lots of egg-laying Syrphids too besides the Ladybirds and even spider. Today I saw a tiny spider attacking an Aphid..
My poor Impatiens bicaudata which was infected with scale insects has completed recovered, since I've put it outside for the predators to take care off, it is making nice healthy side shoots. I've a shot of a big Syrphid larvae on one of its leaves!
Thanks Myriam. It's amazing how quickly the aphids disappear! Good news about your Impatiens, my new ones are still inside, it's too cold outside for them still! Can't wait to see the big syrphid larva, I wonder when it was laid on the plant.
Grrr, lost my whole post! We have sun but with lots of wind, only says 15C now but it feels quite warm.. clouds keep coming over, should get to 18C today and tomorrow. I think the system hitting us yesterday must have moved eastwards, it was coming from the south west although swinging around from the south east. Can't get many photos with all the wind, and with all the Geranium pyrenaicum I have now the flowers flop when anything but a tiny bee sits on them, they are very popular!
Cantharris rustica is the biggest one I have, it always looks shy and a little comical.
The Aquilegia is from the songbird series Robin which I grew over 10 years ago, if the originals disappeared they have made new plants similar so keep going. I have many very permanent Aquilegias which I grew from seed years ago, some have crossed and made fantastic plants, some make not so good flowers but all interesting. I have some lovely new ones flowering this year under the horse chestnut tree which set themselves ..
The Aquilegias are very beautiful and interesting how they are so creative! Unfortunately they don't like my garden.. I only have one which returned for 4 years in a row, one I grew from seed called Aquilegia 'Iceberg', but the flower turned out very different from the images on the seed company's catalog.
It is very windy here too, nearly impossible to take pictures and there are not many bugs around either. The computer says 18C but it does feel colder!