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July -2- 2008 

Sry not yet translated. Translation in progress.

17 July

The syrphids.



.Under its wasp look this is a small fly [Diptère]: hoverfly, flower fly, or Syrphid fly.
This one is feeding on a passion flower. The adult feeds on pollen and nectar acting as pollinator. (Fruit of the passionflower at right.)

Probable marmelade fly (Episyrphus balteatus), [Diptera Syrphidae].

Its abdomen has orange and black stripes and shows two finer bands.

It lays its eggs near aphid colonies; its larvae as the ladybug one are carnivorous and feed on aphids.

We often see it hovering and the, suddenly it changes direction and flies away at great speed.
It is about 1cm long. Protect it, it does not sting, it pollinates and clears out aphids. All as a small fly.



Here is a wasp [Hymenoptera], at right busy recovering the sweet droplets oozing on the bignonia flowers.


Common gasp. (Vespula vulgaris)
-- Social wasp with an underground life --


This is a syrphid. You can clearly see the head, with its small straight antennas.
(Maybe a hoverfly (Helophilus) because of the striped chest, wide apart eyes and orange legs with black extremities, but I don't have more accurate photos.
Their larvae develop in water and this one was near a stream.



Another syrphid.
It is the dead head fly (Myathropa florea) in full toilet, at left the hind legs and at right the front legs.

Also a pollinator, but the larvae live in stagnant water, in ponds.



29 July


Colours of heat and sun in this late July.


The small moth always present (Small Dusty Wave, Idaea seriata) shows us, settled on the glass, its beige abdomen (enlarge).

La voisine


Le syrphe

The marmalade hoverfly is very interested in inspecting the leaves of a schefflera that I just pruned.



I like pears and I end sticky!


Many new broods of sparrows fledged recently. The edge of the beak of this young fruit lover is still yellow.


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