Garden insects

A nice dotted Bee-fly in the garden today, they seem to like primroses. They are heralds of spring appearing on sunny days in March and April.It is associated with larger colonies of spring-flying mining bees, which nest in very short turf or bare ground in well drained, sunny areas (e.g. south facing slopes and along footpaths). The female bee-flies can be found hovering around such colonies flicking their eggs into the nesting holes. The larvae are parasites of the bee grubs in their underground nest cells,  waiting until the grubs are fully-grown before devouring them.

Dotted Bee-flyDotted Bee-flyHoverfly, Eristalis species
Dotted Bee-fly                               Dotted Bee-fly                          Hoverfly, Eristalis species

Posted March 29th at 7:30 am by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife