Green eyes, long legs, Poecilobothrus nobilitatus

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

Take a hike! (with me?): Howth 2018 edition

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 […]

A battle between a dung fly and a jumping spider

(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 […]

A bumblebee mimic, Merodon equestris

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 […]