I have been stalking this character for days, but haven't been able to get within three metres of it. My macro set-up requires me to get within 20 cms. Today, however, I was standing still, concentrating on a tiny parasitic wasp when it mistook me for garden furniture and alighted beside me. It wasn't still for a second and most of the shots I got were fuzzy. This was the best one.
I think it is a hunting wasp. It is a rare sight in my garden. I have seen only two others in 16 years. At about 2 cms in length it is one of the largest flying insects I see here. It's rather spectacular- so big and black, with the flash of kingfisher blue on its wings.
Please bear with me on my current obsession. There are more angelica flowers than I have ever had before, and they are attracting all sorts of fascinating creatures. Today I saw a long green and brown fly. I got a couple of good shots of it, so I'm hoping it comes back tomorrow.
One year ago: hare alert, Harebell!