National hover fly day

Next Monday is a Bank Holiday here in Ireland and the hover flies are getting ready to party. Yesterday was a warm, sultry day with some sunny patches and for whatever reason the hover flies were out in huge numbers. They were everywhere crawling over flowers but were especially attracted to the ‘Casablanca’ lilies which opened their first blooms. Hover flies love flowers that are packed with pollen because the females must eat pollen to get enough protein to produce eggs. Of course they also do some pollination even though they are a bit more random than bees.

lily casablanca july 144

lily casablanca july 14

They also seemed very fond of the eryngiums, including ‘Jade Frost’ and didn’t seem at all bothered by the wasp sharing the flowerheads.

eryngium jade frost4

eryngium jade frost2





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3 Comments on “National hover fly day”

  1. sueturner31
    August 1, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    We were only saying yesterday that we thought there was a lack of hovers this year, think they are on holiday over in Ireland…. 🙂

    • thebikinggardener
      August 1, 2014 at 9:51 am #

      well I hadn’t seen many till yesterday. They are all sheltering from the rain today

      • sueturner31
        August 1, 2014 at 11:41 am #

        Oooh, we’ve been promised rain but I’m not holding my breath, I’ve put the hose pipe on…..

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