I love these little long-legged flies (Dolichopodidae), always one of my favourite fly families. This species is distinctive because a) it’s really common b) the males have white wing tips and c) they do a little mating dance. This is Poecilobothrus nobilitatus Advertisements
These are photos from the beginning of June, but I am just now getting around to posting them. Back to Howth because I had two very dear friends visit from North America. These are my pals that gave me an honorary Canadian citizenship, complete with a mini Canadian flag, a stuffed moose, and pure maple […]
(Spoiler: the jumping spider won) Thistles are always a great place to find exciting insect phenomena. Not only do bees and, as I’m increasingly aware, syrphid flies and butterflies, love thistle flowers, but the spiny stems and leaves are a great place for prey and predator alike to hide and chase. If you find a […]
This is a syrphid fly that mimics bumblebees, but the most amazing thing about it to me is that it mimics two different species! It has a red-tailed morph (mimicking the red-tailed bumblebee, Bombus lapidarius) and also a white-tailed morph (mimicking the white-tailed bumblebee, Bombus lucorum). Mimicry is fascinating and puzzling enough without adding multiple […]
I know I’ve been slacking on my blog lately, but I’ve been working 10-14 hours a day, seven days a week, nonstop for more than two months…and I’m tired. Why did I think it was a good idea to double my field sites? Anyway, to make up for it, here are some photos of bumblebees […]
I can’t get over how cute baby moorhens are…they’re little fluffy dinosaur babies!
One of my field sites is near a small pond so I get to enjoy these lovely little damselflies, which you know I love. These look just like our bluets (and indeed might be in the same genus)! I think they are the Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum ), but they could also be the Common […]