Don’t forget your Syrphid friends

Historically, I have preferred bees over flies, but my time in Ireland has given me a new appreciation for Syrphids. I have reason (and data) to believe that Syrphids are incredibly important pollinators here, where bee numbers are low. Moreover, collated data from across the Irish landscape show that Syrphid flies are central, important pollinators in natural Irish ecosystems. In any case, they’re certainly worth a second look.
Syrphids
Syrphids
Syrphids
Syrphids
Syrphids

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4 thoughts on “Don’t forget your Syrphid friends

  1. I agree that Syrphids are really important here. Often they are the only pollinators I see on my fruit trees. Any idea what the 4th ones is – I see it a lot! Can I reblog this post and your lovely photos on our wildpollinator wordpress site?

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