Interesting Insects

Very hot day, the birds are all skulking quietly in the shade but some insects have come out to play.

The dragonfly – I am pretty sure it is a fairly common Meadowhawk (if you are reading this in the UK you will know them as Darters) and I will venture that it might be a White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum) – spent over half an hour sitting on the top of this cane in the vegetable garden, occasionally sallying forth to catch a midge or just get some air under its wings before returning to stare at me.

The yellow flowers are Black-eyed Susan, a very common late summer garden flower at this time of year which attracts a good number of insects. The reason for these two photographs is to show some confusing mimicry in that one flower is visited by a Hive Bee (Apis mellifera) while the other is visited by a bee-mimicing Hoverfly (species unknown). So, they both look like bees but one is actually a fly hoping you won’t notice.

A bit later in the afternoon, the Meadowhawk was still there so I had a go at him using the macro lens – this means getting to within just three or four inches of the insect but he didn’t seem especially worried and posed nicely.

Teal bee
Teal bee
Faux bee
Faux bee
Meadowhawk
Meadowhawk
White-faced Meadowhawk (macro lens)
White-faced Meadowhawk (macro lens)
White-faced Meadowhawk (macro lens)
White-faced Meadowhawk (macro lens)
White-faced Meadowhawk (macro lens)
White-faced Meadowhawk (macro lens)

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