Saturday, 1 June 2013

Bees and Flies

There was a bit more life on the allotment today. It's been warmish and all the plants are really coming to life. Flowers on the herbs are tempting bees in. This one was well-laden with pollen from the rosemary.
We've seen a lot of crane flies. These are 'Tiger crane flies' mating. They've got interesting stripes on their thorax. The adult crane flies don't eat - they pupate into adults purely to reproduce. The leather jackets (larvae) are the things that can cause issues, but are usually more of a problem for lawns than veggies.
This is a lacewing on the side of our watering can. They're a vegetable grower's friend as they eat aphids.

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Please leave a comment. I'm very pleased to receive corrections or confirmations of my identification of the creatures we've spotted on the allotment.