Monday 1 October 2012: A Strange Kind Of Love...
Today has been very blustery and showery but, first thing this morning, it was gloriously sunny. In the wonderful early morning sun, I took this photo of two flies in conjugal bliss in the middle of a ragwort plant. Ragwort is one of the few plant species still in abundant flower here although even these are starting to be dominated by seed heads rather than flowers as Autumn curls its unavoidable tendrils around the Park. As such, anyone looking to photograph insects could do worse than to hang around the ragwort! These flies are, I think, Therevid flies. I've blipped about them previously, from my Pembrokeshire holiday in August. I should add that my identification of these is highly tenuous and a bit superficial! As to the title of this blip, A strange kind of love is taken from a song of that name by one of my favourite bands, the Scottish group Love And Money (who've, coincidentally, just released, today I think, their first album for 20 years, The Devil's Debt). When I saw these flies, the lyric in my head from the song was:
"It's a strange kind of love
That keeps me hanging on..." :-)
Perhaps even better was the line:
"Angel, Don't let him clip your wings
He may give you what he has
But I'd give you anything
It's a strange kind of love..."
I wonder what the mating fly equivalent of that conversation would be? Probably pheromone based!